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Drouin to benefit from $2.5M investment as town grows

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Drouin to benefit from $2.5M investment as town grows

Drouin will benefit from a $2.5M investment as Gippsland Water delivers a project to prevent sewer spills in the Settlement Road area of town.

The new 1.2km sewer main will add capacity to the sewer network, so that in times of high wastewater flow, or heavy rain events, the system can cope with the added volume, preventing wastewater from spilling.

Gippsland Water is working with Baw Baw shire and nearby residents, to advise of changes to public access to Bellbird Park and sporting fields, while care is also taken to avoid native vegetation.

The new main will be installed from the north-east corner of Bellbird Park to the Drouin Wastewater Treatment Plant at Settlement Road. The works include a combination of digging trenches and underground drilling for the 450mm diameter pipe.

The wet weather reliever pipe will provide capacity for a 1 in 5 year rain event, and once complete heavy rainfall events will pose much less risk of overflowing from the sewer network into the environment or residential properties.

"Water and sewerage services are among the most critical of amenities for future growth and we take great pride in being able to contribute to the development of our local communities," said Paul Clark, General Manager Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water.

"We ensure the infrastructure is in place to meet a rising population and this $2.5M investment helps secure the future growth of the Drouin township."

Gippsland Water is working hard to complete the project as soon as possible and work is due to be complete by mid-2017.

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