A major contract to construct a new water main, part of the Water for a Growing West project, has been awarded by Melbourne Water.

Melbourne Water has awarded John Holland the contract to supply drinking water to homes in Melbourne’s expanding outer western suburbs. While the existing network is performing well, an additional main is required to cater for future population increases.

The new main will transfer water from the St Albans Reservoir to the tanks in Cowies Hill.

Melbourne Water Project Manager, Peter Clark, said the announcement is an important milestone for the project that will ultimately improve the reliability of water supplies in Melbourne’s rapidly developing Wyndham region.

“Wyndham is one of the fastest growing areas in Melbourne, and we’ve been working closely with City West Water to make sure drinking water supplies can keep pace with the region’s growth,” he said.

“When planning this project we took a whole of water cycle approach which resulted in a tailored solution that will help us deliver water efficiently while keeping costs for our customers down.”

Spanning three councils and totalling 17 kilometres in length, the main will service 40,000 homes. The new main is designed to transfer a maximum of 200 megalitres of water per day, the equivalent of 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

“We would like to thank Brimbank, Melton, and Wyndham councils for supporting us in our project planning,” said Mr Clark.

“Rigorous stakeholder engagement has provided us with a far deeper understanding of the area’s environmental values and the steps we can take to minimise traffic and noise impacts for the community during works.”

Project information sessions are being run for the community in early October, and construction will commence in farmland south of Boundary Road in Tarneit from late November 2014.

The new main is expected to be completed in late 2015.

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