Booming population growth is driving construction of essential sewer and water infrastructure in Western Water’s service region.
Five projects, with a total value of $20.7 million, are currently in construction, most of them in the rapidly developing Rockbank–Melton growth corridor.
A new sewer pump station and 3km-long sewer pipe are being built at Aintree near the Western Freeway. The $9 million project is needed to service the Aintree community, which has a population of over 3,000 residents, and is growing steadily.
Construction is underway on a new $4.8 million drinking water pipeline at the Mt. Atkinson development in Truganina. Mt. Atkinson is one of Melbourne’s newest communities, projected to be home to over 20,000 people by 2030.
Work has started on a new, two-kilometre-long sewer pipe in Diggers Rest. The $3 million pipe project will transfer sewage from Diggers Rest’s new housing estates, which includes St Genevieve and Bloomdale, to our Tame Street Pump station and eventually the Sunbury Recycled Water Plant for treatment.
Construction has begun on a new $2.4 million water pipeline in Melton. The existing main at the Ferris Road/Western Highway crossing is being replaced with a larger pipe. This will increase capacity and improve reliability to properties in the developing Melton South area.
A 1km-long water pipe is being constructed from Aintree to the new suburb of Deanside, located between Taylors Road and the Western Highway. The $1.5 million project will provide drinking water for Deanside, which is forecast to grow rapidly in the next few years.
Western Water is investing significantly in capital works projects to support growing communities. It's estimated that 50 new families move into Western Water's service region each week. Catering to this growth has been a key focus and we are working hard to ensure infrastructure is being delivered at the right time.
Western Water will spend about $68 million in capital works in 2018/19, a lot of that in growth areas. That investment will be ongoing over the coming years, to meet the continued demand for essential water and sewer services.
All five projects are expected to be complete by mid-2019.