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Secure water for Warragul and Drouin - western ring main project

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Our Senior Engineer Capital & Planning Program Rohan gives a summary of the project (video produced in July 2021).

What’s happening

We’re planning to build a major new water main on the western side of Warragul. Like a ring road, it will be constructed around existing urban areas - reducing costs and impacts.

The planned route of the pipeline travels in a north-westerly direction through road reserves from Butlers Track to the railway crossing on Lardners Track.

The planned route of the new 4.3km western ring main pipeline.

The benefits

This regionally significant project is one of several we are completing to improve long-term water supply security in the rapidly growing towns of Warragul and Drouin.

The pipeline will:

· provide an alternative supply line for maintenance or emergency work on the existing Warragul mains, avoiding interruptions to customers’ water supply

· link Drouin to the new Warragul-Moe interconnect, which gives the security of being able to provide water from multiple sources

· facilitate growth in Drouin and the south-west corridor of Warragul.

The timeframe

Detailed planning and design has been completed and all planning approvals received. Construction of the 4.3km pipeline is expected to commence in late 2021.

Next steps

We expect the works outlined here to be completed in 2023. Our planning for future growth of the area, into the next decade and beyond, includes a further extension of the pipeline from Landsborough Street to our south basin on Warragul-Korrumburra Road. The construction of this extension will happen as the area is developed, maximising the efficiency of resources and minimising community disruption.

Minimising disruption

While some disruption is unavoidable, we’ll do our best to minimise our impact on the community and local traffic.

We’ve completed environmental assessments, including targeted studies for Giant Gippsland Earthworms, Warragul Burrowing Crayfish and Strzelecki Gums. We’ll make sure our work causes minimum disruption to these important local species through underground boring and using areas previously disturbed such as road reserves.

We’re working with Traditional Owners to protect cultural heritage and ensure any artefacts we find are not damaged during construction.

We’ll work with Baw Baw Shire Council, road, rail and other authorities to ensure the work receives all the required approvals.

We’ll let you know in advance when we expect our work to affect the local community, such as any changes to traffic arrangements.

How do I find out more?

For more information, email or phone 1800 050 500.

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