Yarra Valley Water


Kallista Sewerage Project, Stage 1

Thank you for your patience and for having us in your neighbourhood while we worked to build our new sewerage system. 

Construction works have finished up, and customers in Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek can connect their property to our piped sewerage system.

If you live in this area and are ready to connect to the sewerage system, simply head to Ready to connect? Pressure sewer customers for step-by-step instructions on what you need to do.

Map showing Kallista Stage 1 project area

Map of the Kallista Stage 1 project area



April 2021

This month, we’ve advised properties in the following streets they can connect to the new sewerage system. Owners of properties that are ready to connect will have received a letter from us, with instruction on how to connect.

  • Grantulla Road
  • Ridge Road
  • William Road (west)
  • Belford Road
  • Keeleys Lane
  • Gallemonda Park Road
  • Jackson Hill Road
  • Oceanview Crescent
  • Eleanor Grove

Apply to connect to the new sewer now

July 2019


Construction on the lower section of the Olinda-Menzies Creek transfer pipeline commenced in February 2019 and is on schedule to be completed by November 2019.

This infrastructure will form the back bone of the network and enable the ultimate completion of Kallista Sewerage Project Stage 1 and 2 which will service over 1000 properties in Kallista, The Patch, Menzies Creek and Sherbrooke.

Properties in Package 1 and Package 3 investigation areas (as shown on the above map) are scheduled to be declared ready for connection by mid 2020. Construction commenced on Package 1 in February 2019 and construction on Package 3 is due to commence late in 2019.


October 2018

We are currently finalising the design of the pressure sewer system and over October our pressure sewer contractor, PSSA, will be contacting property owners about the design and installation of the system on each property.

Project time frame

We anticipate that construction of the sewer will commence in early 2019 and be completed by late 2019. Prior to completion of the sewer we’ll be in touch with property owners again with information about connecting to the new sewer system.

March 2018

Community information session

Property owners and tenants have been sent letters inviting them to attend a community information session on Tuesday 20 March. The informal drop-in session will not feature a presentation, and you can turn up at anytime and stay as long as you like.

Tuesday 20 March 2018
6.30pm to 8.30pm
The Patch Primary School Hall
53 Kallista-Emerald Road, The Patch

Yarra Valley Water's project team will be available to answer your questions about the way sewerage services will be provided to the area, and in which streets new sewer pipes are likely to be built.

Pressure sewer service

The new sewerage service to be built in the area is known as a 'pressure sewer' - this means Yarra Valley Water will be building a network of small-diameter sewer pipes under local streets. 

Each property that connects into the pressure sewer network will have a tank located underground on their land, and that tank will contain a pump that pumps the household's collected sewage flows from the tank into the sewerage pipe network out in the street. Each property will also have a pump controller box installed above-ground (close to the house), which allows Yarra Valley Water to remotely monitor your property's sewerage service in the unlikely event of a fault.

Did you know?

Poorly performing septic systems can be a nuisance for you and your neighbours by creating unpleasant odour and soggy backyards.

Understanding what is important to the community

In April 2016, we asked people living in Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek to tell us what they value most about their community.

By completing a short survey, residents told us the following:

  • Nearly all respondents said that they most value the natural environment, animals and tranquillity in the area
  • A quarter of all respondents have observed sewage runoff from septic tanks. Of those observations, most (63%) were by people living in Kallista, followed by The Patch (26%), and the fewest observations were in Menzies Creek (11%).
  • Overall, 45% of respondents would prefer a different sewerage service to their existing septic tank, 43% would prefer to keep their existing septic tank, and 12% don’t have a preference.
  • The main reason stated for wanting a different sewerage service was to protect the environment from pollution, whereas the mains reason for wanting to keep existing septic tanks was the perceived cost associated with getting a new service.

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the Community Sewerage Program team on 9872 2551 or [email protected].

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