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M205 Carlton Water Main Renewal Project

The M205 Carlton Water Main Renewal Project is an essential upgrade to ensure safe and secure water supply.

The M205 Carlton Water Main Renewal Project is an essential upgrade to ensure safe and secure water supply for Carlton, Carlton North and the inner city for years to come. The project includes installing 2.3km of new pipe along Canning Street, between Faraday Street and Park Street. Construction works are scheduled to begin in June 2019 and anticipated to complete in mid-2020.

Project update: Meet the Team - 1 July

You are invited to meet the M205 project team and find out more about the project. We will be at the Carlton Farmers Market Saturday 6 July, at the Carton North Primary School (Cnr Canning and O'Grady Street, Carlton).

City West Water has established a Community Reference Group (CRG) in Carlton/Carlton North as a way to share information with the community about construction impacts, answer questions on construction activities.

M205 Community Projects

City West Water has committed to delivering value to our customers through a community project, or community projects that will enhance the liveability of the area.

What work are we undertaking?

City West Water (CWW) is replacing a 2.3km section of water main pipe that provides water to Carlton, Carlton North and the Inner City. The current pipe runs under Nicholson Street and is almost 140 years old and needs to be replaced. The new main will be relocated to Canning Street with a pipe almost double in size to meet future capacity needs as our city grows.

The project will be completed in sections, starting at the Faraday Street end, heading north. The new pipe will be installed by digging an open-cut trench along the alignment, while tunnelling under the key intersections at Elgin Street and Alexandra Parade. The old water main in Nicholson Street will be decommissioned at the end of the project.

City West Water is working with Jaydo as its construction partner to deliver the M205 Renewal Project.

What to expect

Work hours will include construction work on Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm. If weekend or night works are required you will receive advance notification.

Impacts during the project are expected to include temporary road closures, temporary reduction of on-street parking, changes to private property access, noise, dust and vibration from construction activity.

To minimise impacts, work will be carried out in sections and each area reinstated when works move on to the next section.

Safety is a key priority. During construction, the work site will be fenced off with temporary fencing. Traffic controllers will be onsite to help road users and pedestrians navigate the area safely. Southbound bicycle riders will need be detoured to choose an alternative route around the temporary road closures for safety.

We will work closely with Yarra City Council, Melbourne City Council, Bicycle Network Victoria, residents, traders and other key user groups to identify and manage impacts.

We will provide you with regular updates and advanced notice prior to road and property access changes.

Why does this project need to be completed?

The M205 Carlton Water Main Renewal Project will ensure we continue to provide a safe and secure water supply to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Carlton, Carlton North and the inner city well into the future.

The existing water main located under Nicholson Street, was constructed over 140 years ago and is nearing the end of its operational life. The new pipe will be almost double the size to ensure we can meet future demand for our growing city.

The main is being relocated from Nicholson Street to Canning Street due to the competing demands for space in Nicholson Street, including impacts to traffic and public transport. Moving the water main to Canning Street will ensure efficient access to maintain the pipe into the future.

Where are the works?

The work will be carried out in the southbound lane of Canning Street.

The works will be completed in sections, starting at the Faraday Street end. As the construction crews progress, we will reinstate sections as they are completed to minimise disruption.

We will work closely with residents and traders to minimise localised impacts.

The following map shows the location of the works.


What is the timeline?

Site investigations started February 2019. Construction is scheduled to start July 2019 and finish mid-2020.


Estimated timing


Project announcement 

15 February 2019

Share project information with stakeholders and community and introduce Jaydo as our project construction partner.

Site investigations

February to July 2019

Understanding ground conditions, surveying and locating electronic services to inform functional design.

Community and stakeholder engagement

Commence February and is ongoing

Working with all stakeholders and community throughout the planning, construction and reinstatement stages to keep you informed and minimise impact. Feedback about construction impacts and community projects will be considered as part of the project’s planning process.

Community Reference Group

June 2019

The Community Reference Group had its first meeting 20 June 2019.

Community Projects

July 2019

Customers contribute ideas for the community projects.

Functional designs

February to July 2019

Finalise the design and update community and stakeholders.

Site mobilisation

July 2019

Set-up off site offices
Machinery and equipment delivered to site

Construction starts

July 2019

Main construction activity.

Community projects

October 2019

Update on community projects to be short listed.

Construction complete

Mid 2020

Project completion:
pack up construction site and 
final reinstate to its pre-existing condition, prior to the works taking place.

How to stay informed about the project.

Sign up for project email updates.

For general enquiries please contact:

Our project number on 1300 105 041 or email


Site investigative works (investigating ground conditions, surveying and locating electronic services) will start in early February 2019. Construction will start in June 2019.

It is not expected that any service interruptions will occur, however should we need to interrupt your service, we will contact you beforehand.

The pipeline currently in Nicholson Street was installed almost 140 years ago and is nearing the end of its design life. The new pipe needs to be installed to ensure the community continues to receive clean drinking water. The new pipe will also be larger in diameter to meet the growing needs of the community into the future.

The current cast iron pipe was laid some 140 years ago has serviced the community well but has now deteriorated has and has come to the end of its design life. This results in leaks and a high potential for failure which will have a huge impact on the community. The pipe also needs to be relocated as the upcoming installation of the Yarra Trams super stops on Nicholson Street will make it very hard to access the pipe for maintenance and repair.

The new pipe will be almost double in size and meet the current and future needs of a growing Melbourne for the next 140 years.

City West Water engaged KBR to undertake an independently led analysis using a Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) to review options based on many factors such as community, impacts, future needs, and available resources.

A Multi Criteria Analysis is a structured framework that investigates, analyses and suggests possible options to resolve complex decisions beyond looking at solutions based on monetary value. . A Multi Criteria Analysis is a structured framework which is used to investigate, analyse and suggest possible options to resolve complex decisions.

As the MCA is independently led, the results of the analysis can provide confidence that all factors are considered in a methodological manner without bias. City West Water also sought the input from subject matter experts such as local government, other water and infrastructure authorities and construction companies and arborists.

We understand there is a lot of work happening in the local area. This is due to increases in development and population as well as aging infrastructure that needs upgrading. We need to do this project now due to the condition of the pipe to ensure you have access to clean drinking water. The pipe also needs to be relocated due to the upcoming installation of tram super stops along Nicholson Street, which will make it very hard to access the pipe for maintenance and repair.

There will be parking changes along the alignment. When working in local streets residents are required to park their cars outside of this area to ensure a safe working zone. We will work with residents near work areas to maintain pedestrian access to private property and open up areas when it is safe to do so.

City West Water will liaise with the Bicycle Network Victoria and local government to help find the best options for cyclists moving about the area. Our Traffic Management Plans take into account all road users and will utilise a number of methods to ensure ease of access and safety. This includes information distribution through bicycle groups, signage, traffic management controllers and bicycle diversion plans if applicable.

If you use Canning Street to ride to work, you will have the option of:

  • Continuing to ride your bike on Canning Street and using the signed detour around the section closed for works, or;
  • Choosing an alternative street, such as Rathdowne, Drummond or Station Street to avoid the isolated temporary road closures along Canning St. This option will be better suited to bike riders when we are delivering works between Park and Princes Street from late 2019

Local closures and detours will only affect southbound riders heading towards the city. All northbound cyclists can continue to use Canning Street as usual normal.

As the first phase of the project will focus on works between Princes and Faraday Street in Carlton, detours around each work site on Canning Street for bike riders will be via Davis Street, Neill Street, Kay Street, Palmerston Street, MacArthur Place and Faraday Street at different times. Traffic diversions are necessary to ensure the safety of all road users. We understand this may cause an inconvenience to some riders and we appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time.

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