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Investment for eight towns to improve drinking water service

Gippsland Water is about to commence major works to upgrade the Morwell drinking water network.

The $1.8M investment will improve reliability and quality of the drinking water supply for the towns of Morwell, Churchill, Yinnar, Boolarra, Hazelwood North, Jeeralang, Jumbuk and Traralgon South.

The works will include new pipelines, relining of water storages and upgrades of other assets.

“This is a major investment for us and is part of the $5.5 million we will be spending in the Latrobe City alone over the next year on improving services for customers*. This particular investment will extend the useful life of several critical assets for the next 20 years,” said Managing Director of Gippsland Water Mr. David Mawer.

The works will concentrate on duplicating a section of pipe underneath the Princes Highway in Morwell, as well as replacing critical infrastructure at Morwell’s second water basin which has the capacity to hold up to 12 million litres of water.

“This is the type of planning and work that Gippsland Water does across the region,” added Mr Mawer. “In many ways it’s out of sight but provides critical services to customers.”

“There are eight townships with more than 11 thousand customers connected to the Morwell drinking Water network,” added Mr Mawer “and we are committed to ensuring water supply for these towns is secure into the future.”

It is expected the works will take up to 12 months to complete. During this time residents of the towns connected to the Morwell system are not expected to notice any deterioration in their current drinking water service.

*Other projects of note in the Latrobe City include the Yallourn North Sewer Rising Main – Stage 1 and the Morwell-Churchill Twin Six Distribution Main Replacment.

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