Western Water is planning a routine program of water mains cleaning in mid-2017 with almost 500km of pipeline in Sunbury, Diggers Rest, Bulla and Wildwood to be cleaned.

Western Water’s General Manager, Customer and Community Relations, Graham Holt, said that for Western Water this is just routine maintenance, carried out every few years.

“But it is a huge job to clean almost 500km of water mains, taking around 1,800 working hours over several months,” Mr Holt said.

Cleaning the water mains will involve flushing out each main with water and will ensure Western Water can continue to supply safe, high-quality drinking water.

“People may notice more Western Water vehicles and staff in their neighbourhood, or water running from a hydrant at times,” Mr Holt said.

“Our teams will progressively work their way across the region starting from mid-July 2017.”

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