Media Release: Keeping your water flowing for the next 100 years

28 December 2016
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Water main renewal upgrade in Essendon and Moonee Ponds completed

City West Water has completed a major project to upgrade 3.2 kilometres of water main along Lincoln Road, Waverley Street, Orford Street and Maribyrnong Road in Essendon and Moonee Ponds.

General Manager of Infrastructure and Delivery, Sam Torre, thanked the residents of Essendon and Moonee Ponds for their patience over the last eight months of works.

“The water main upgrade was necessary to ensure that we continue to provide high quality, safe and reliable drinking water to our customers,” he said. 

“The existing water main is made of steel, and has supplied water to residents for over one hundred years. However, in the past few years its condition has deteriorated, resulting in a number of ruptures and disruptions to residents and traffic in the area. Upgrading the water main means residents will have access to a safe and reliable water supply for the next hundred years.”

Mr Torre said the $3.7 million project involved installing a smaller carrier pipe into the existing steel water distribution main in a process called sliplining.

“The carrier pipe is made of high density polyethylene plastic, which reduces the likelihood of ruptures, and therefore service interruptions,” he said.

 “This was a lengthy project and we worked closely with residents to reduce the impact these works had on them and traffic in the area.”

A video of the sliplining process used for the works can be seen via youtube.

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 Please contact Kathryn Duffy on 9313 8938 or 0423 816 262 for further information.