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New Water Main For Rushall Reserve

City West Water will be replacing 250m of an aging water main across Rushall Reserve, from Holden Street to Rushall Crescent, Fitzroy.

Replacement of the 750mm main will reduce the likelihood of pipe bursts and ensure that we can continue to deliver a safe and reliable water supply to the area. 

City West Water General Manager Infrastructure and Delivery, Maree Lang, said that the works had been carefully planned to minimise any damage to the environment.

“We know how popular Rushall Reserve is for locals to walk their dogs, ride their bikes, exercise or relax, so we wanted to make sure we designed our project to protect that as much as we could.

“We’ll be tunnelling under and around the trees in the reserve so none of them have to be removed, and the project will be carefully managed to avoid any impacts to Merri Creek.”

Ms Lang said that while a section of the reserve itself would be impacted by the construction, the grass would be reinstated once the project is finished.

“Because of the size of the works there will be some inconvenience for park users, but we’re working to reduce that as much as possible. “We have been working closely with the community to provide information on the project, including Yarra and Darebin Councils, cycling groups and surrounding residents. We’re grateful for the community’s patience and understanding as we carry out these essential works," said Ms Lang.


  • The project is scheduled to begin in late June/early July 2017 and run until August 2017.
  • To minimise disturbance to nearby houses, works will be undertaken between 7AM and 5PM Monday to Friday, and 8AM and 1PM on Saturdays (when required). 


  • A combination of open trench and trenchless technologies will be used to remove and replace the existing infrastructure.
  • Trenchless technology will be used to insert new pipes inside the existing pipes and avoid impact to any established trees. 


  • Works will be fenced off for the safety of workers and park users for the duration of the project. 
  • Partial path closures and detours for pedestrians and cyclists will take place, and will be communicated through signage and bulletins to local residents. There will be some truck movements on Holden Street and into the reserve
  • No trees will be damaged or removed from the reserve.
  • Water supply will not be affected during the project.

About City West Water

City West Water provides 100 billion litres of drinking water per annum to more than 430,000 properties across Wyndham, Melton, Brimbank, Hume, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Yarra and Hobsons Bay council areas. We have an ongoing program of works to renew and upgrade water and sewer infrastructure.

As one of three Victorian Government owned retail water businesses in metropolitan Melbourne, City West Water manages over 4,785kms of water supply mains and 4,239kms of sewer supply mains.

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Media contact: Fiona Garlick 0466 613 109