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Second stage of major water project underway

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Second stage of major water project underway

Gippsland Water has commenced work on the second stage of a new pipeline that will help to secure water supplies for the growing population of Warragul and Drouin.

When complete, the $15M Moe to Warragul interconnector will allow the transfer of up to 8 million litres of water per day between the two previously unconnected water grids, reducing the likelihood of water restrictions for Warragul and Drouin.

Gippsland Water currently takes water from the Tarago system to supply Warragul and Drouin, but entitlements are limited as that system is also used to supply water to Melbourne.

The interconnector will allow the transfer of water in either direction, offering improved operational security and making the region more resilient to changes in supply and demand, such as climate change and population growth.

Gippsland Water’s General Manager Customer and Community Paul Clark said that the new pipe is a key piece of infrastructure.

“We’re proud to support the economy and liveability of our region by investing in the water grid. Ultimately, we’re ensuring that Gippslanders are able to benefit from our valuable water resources, and enabling water to be accessed from a wider range of sources,” he said.

The first stage of the project, a pipe between Yarragon and Darnum, was completed in 2012.

The second stage involves construction of a pipeline from Darnum to the Warragul South basin on Korumburra-Warragul Road, along with new booster pumps at Darnum and a new pump station at Trafalgar West.

Construction of the pipe will include both open trenching and boring in Darnum, and along East West Road. Affected property owners have been notified.

Gippsland Water’s contractor has begun works in and around Darnum. Construction is expected to be complete by mid year, and the pipe is expected to be operational by 2019.

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