15 August 2018
Construction is almost complete on two new pipeline projects at Bridge Road, Melton South.
The 800-metre long water main will meet the increased demand for water services in the rapidly growing Atherstone development. The stormwater main is the final construction element of the Toolern Stormwater Harvesting Project.
The projects include the installation of a 300mm diameter water main and 450mm diameter stormwater main, suspended under the new Toolern Creek bridge at Atherstone Estate.
First announced in 2016, the stormwater project aims to improve the health of nearby Toolern Creek by capturing excess treated stormwater from the Atherstone wetland and pumping it to Melton Reservoir. This water can then be used by local irrigators or made available for extra environmental flows for the Werribee River.
The 450mm main will connect to a nearby stormwater pump station and transfer the water via a 4-km pipeline to Melton Reservoir—components that were built earlier as part of the project. The project is expected to be up and running in the coming weeks.
It’s anticipated that up to 150 million litres of water per year will be captured and treated as part of the harvesting scheme.
The project is a collaboration of several agencies, including Western Water, Melton Council, Melbourne Water, Southern Rural Water, Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Federal Department of Environment and Energy.
Total cost for both the water main and stormwater projects is $900,000.
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