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 are finishing up this month, and from January 2021, customers in Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek will have the opportunity to connect their property to the piped sewerage system.
Prepare for connection
For customers in this area who want to connect to the sewerage system, now is the time to organise installation of the necessary equipment – called a pressure sewer unit – on your property.
The pressure sewer unit will allow you to connect to the sewerage network once it’s ready.
Our delivery partner, Pressure Sewer Services Australia (PSSA), undertakes this specialist design and installation work on our behalf.
They will need to have a design appointment with you. This meeting provides you with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your preferred location for the sewer equipment on your property. Installing the equipment will be scheduled following this appointment.
To book a design appointment, complete the booking application form and email to [email protected].
If you don’t have access to email, call 9768 2550 to complete the form over the phone.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to you for the design and installation of the pressure sewer unit, it is funded by us.
However, property owners need to pay for their own plumbing connection costs, when they’re ready to connect their household plumbing to the pressure sewer unit.
Already have your equipment installed?
You’re ready to go. From January we’ll contact you directly to let you know you can connect to the new system. We’ll also provide you with information about the steps you’ll need to take so you can flush and let us take care of your wastewater.
When can I connect?
Once we’ve tested the sewerage system, we’ll let you know how and when you can connect. We expect this will be from January 2021.
The construction of the new sewerage system in this area has been delayed due to challenging ground conditions and other construction related issues.
At this stage we anticipate the properties in Package 1 area will be ready for connection by October 2020.
Construction of the new sewerage system in this area is progressing.
Most customers in this area will be able to connect to the sewerage system from November 2020.
At this stage, we anticipate the properties on the Kallista-Emerald Road, toward the eastern end of the project, will be able to connect from January 2021.
Once the sewerage system is available for connection, customers in the Package 3 area will receive a notification from us in the mail.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions or feedback about this project, please contact the project manager for your area: