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Moe-Warragul interconnect project on track

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Moe-Warragul interconnect project on track

Gippsland Water’s plans to connect the Warragul and Moe water supply networks are on track for completion mid-year.

Crews are now busy with the final stage of the project; cleaning the water main which will connect the two systems and testing pumps in preparation for commissioning.

Managing Director Sarah Cumming said there will be extra activity in and around Yarragon and Trafalgar over the coming weeks as the water main is cleaned.

“Our crews started cleaning the main at the Warragul end and are gradually making their way towards Moe. We’re doing as much of the work at night as possible, to reduce the inconvenience for our customers,” Ms Cumming said.

When complete, the $15M expansion of the region’s water grid will help to secure water supplies for the growing populations of Warragul and Drouin.

“The ability to transfer water in either direction offers improved operational security, making the region more resilient to changes in supply and demand, such as climate change and population growth,” Ms Cumming said.

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

The second stage, which included a pipeline from Darnum to the Warragul, new booster pumps at Darnum and a new pump station at Trafalgar West, was completed in October 2018 and is in the final stages of being commissioned.

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