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City West Water

Face lift for one of Footscray's oldest mains

Water mains constructed in 1924, 1927 and 1978 along Hopkins Street will be upgraded in a major $188,000 renewal project by City West Water.

The works, part of City West Water’s $14 million annual program to renew water mains, will be carried out along Hopkins Street  between Nicholson Street through to Moore Street, covering the intersection of Leeds Street in Footscray.

Maree Lang, City West Water’s General Manager of Infrastructure and Delivery said the works taking place in Footscray were essential to the expanding inner western suburbs of Melbourne.

“Footscray is a major growth corridor in Melbourne, and as it expands and develops so does the pressure on our water mains. These necessary works will ensure a reliable water supply and quality of service for our customers now and into the future.

“We are working closely with Yarra Trams to ensure the upgrade to the 90 year old water main runs to schedule and any disruptions are kept to a minimum,” said Ms Lang.

The project is expected to begin in late February and will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. To minimise disruption to businesses, the works will largely take place overnight and customers will be notified of any temporary water outages as part of the works.”

Residents and business owners in the area will be contacted by City West Water leading up to the major works to discuss the project. The works will require some road lane closures to ensure that work can be carried out safely and there will be no impacts to trams.

The works are being planned in consultation with Maribyrnong City Council, Vic Roads, public transport operators and local traders, to reduce community impact where possible.