A vital part of inner south-east Melbourne’s water supply network will be renewed with the replacement of a century-old water main on St Kilda Road.

Constructed in the late 1860s, in a time before trams trundled along the asphalt, the 10 inch cast iron water main will be replaced to maintain and improve quality water services.

“This is a significant piece of the city’s history that has delivered an essential service to generations of Melburnians,” said South East Water General Manager Asset Creation Charlie Littlefair.

“In order to provide quality service to our customers, we need to regularly maintain and upgrade our infrastructure. By replacing an old pipeline once it has reached the end of its operational life, we are investing in the future of a reliable water supply for the area’s growing population.

“We have worked with local councils, VicRoads and our contractor to minimise impacts including traffic changes, decrease of on-street car parking and changes in public transport routes and stops. While we will always do everything possible to minimise any inconvenience or disruption, we appreciate the patience of nearby residents and motorists during the renewal of this piece of critical infrastructure.” 

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