Gippsland Water will begin major upgrade works to improve the drinking water for eight regional towns in the Gippsland region.

The $1.8million upgrades include new pipelines and relining of water storages in order to improve the reliability and quality of the drinking water.

The works will benefit the towns of Morwell, Churchill, Yinnar, Boolarra, Hazelwood North, Jeeralang, Jumbuk and Traralgon South.

Managing Director of Gippsland Water, David Mawer, said, “This is a major investment for us and is part of the $5.5million we will be spending in the Latrobe City alone over the next year to improve services for customers. This particular investment will extend the useful life of several critical assets for the next 20 years.”

The works will concentrate on duplicating a section of pipe underneath the Princes Highway in Morwell, and replacing critical infrastructure at Morwell’s second water basin, which has the capacity to hold up to 12million litres of water.

Mr Mawer said this is the type of work Gippsland Water does across the region, work that is out of sight but provides critical services to customers.

“There are eight townships with more than 11 thousand customers connected to the Morwell drinking water network and we are committed to ensuring water supply for these towns is secure into the future,” Mr Mawer said.

It is expected the works will take up to 12 months to complete.

Other similar projects in the Latrobe City region include the Yallourn North Sewer Rising Main – Stage 1 and the Morwell-Churchill Twin Six Distribution Main Replacement. 

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