Media Release: Waverley Street and Lincoln Road Water Main Upgrade

22 March 2016
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A major $3.7 million water main renewal project along the Lincoln Road/Waverley Street corridor in Essendon and Moonee Ponds will begin on 29 March 2016.

The water main works will replace water pipes dating back almost 100 years and will take approximately eight months to complete.

Anne Barker, City West Water’s Managing Director outlined that the old water mains are made of riveted wrought iron which are prone to corrosion and ruptures by ground movement.

“These works will replace the old water mains with modern plastic pipe, limiting water leaks and bursts in this part of the network. It will also mean fewer interruptions to water services to our customers located in the area,” Ms Barker said.

The works will see water mains replaced in stages along Lincoln Road, Buckley Street, Waverley Street, Orford Street and Maribyrnong Roads in Essendon and Moonee Ponds.

“This project is part of a plan to invest $110 million dollars over five years in water infrastructure replacement across inner and western areas of Melbourne – a program of ongoing upgrades that ensure our water supply network operates efficiently,” Ms Barker said.

The first stage of works will start at the Waverley St and Holmes Rd intersection before relocating to Lincoln Rd where works will progress south until completed. Each of the six stages will take approximately between 3-5 weeks to complete.

During the works, some traffic lanes will be closed, and detours will be put in place. Water supply is not expected to be interrupted. City West Water will be posting traffic changes on and latest information can also be accessed at  

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