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Launching Place Sewerage Project

We are investigating the sewerage servicing needs of properties in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction.

We are in the planning stages of this project, which will provide sewerage services to properties in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction that cannot contain their wastewater onsite. 

This project will provide numerous benefits to the area, including:

  • Improving the health of local waterways
  • Protecting public health
  • Reducing odours in the area that are currently noticeable
  • Providing a more liveable environment for the community.

View a map of the areas under investigation

Update - August 2017

We’ve now determined how we will service the properties on our Community Sewerage Program. We’ll connect some properties to a gravity sewer and others to a pressure sewer.

Find out more about these types of sewers.

The type of sewer a property will receive is based on a range of factors including:

  • how hilly or flat the area is
  • where the sewer can go (this can be influenced by other services in the area, such as existing gas or water mains)
  • environmental impacts
  • ease of construction (including property access).

We’ve also determined preliminary alignments for our sewer pipelines.

View the map showing our most likely alignments.

Please note these could change as we move from design to construction. We still need to obtain planning permits from the Shire of Yarra Ranges before we can proceed with constructing these sewers.

We’re currently selecting the contractor that will construct the sewer pipeline in the street. We expect to start construction activities in the next few months, once all approvals have been obtained.

Read about the costs involved for properties that will receive a sewerage service through the Community Sewerage Program . 

Some properties in Launching Place, Don Valley and Yarra Junction are considered to be able to contain all of their wastewater onsite, and will not be provided with a sewerage service as part of the Community Sewerage Program.

Property owners are still able to connect the sewerage network if they want to, however there needs to be enough capacity in the sewerage system to handle flows from their property, and the owner would need to pay all costs for connecting to the sewer.

In this case, these costs will apply, as well as some additional costs:

  • The cost of extending the sewerage pipeline to the property boundary (if required)
  • If the nearest sewerage network is a pressure network, the property owner will need to fund the installation of a pressure pod (a small pump that is located on the property to pump the wastewater to the pipes in the street). This pressure pod and pipeline to the street will then be managed and maintained by Yarra Valley Water.
  • Update - March 2017

    Letters were sent this month, advising residents and property owners in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction of the outcome of the Land Capability Assessment (LCA) for their property, and if their property is being serviced as part of the Community Sewerage Program. 

    We are also holding an information session about the project and the proposed sewerage servicing approach for the area. Details for the session are as follows:

    Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
    Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

    Upper Yarra Family Centre

    2444 Warburton Road, Yarra Junction

    The session is an informal drop-in session, and attendance is not mandatory. There will be no formal presentation. Instead, information will be available about how Yarra Valley Water has determined which properties need to be serviced (i.e. which properties will connect to the new sewer pipeline).

    Attendees will also have an opportunity to talk to the project team about the project, and have your questions answered.

Did you know?

Poorly performing septic systems in your area are discharging over 1,800 kilograms of nutrients and over 18 trillion viruses every year into your local environment.

This nutrient discharge to our waterways is equivalent to dumping over 1,200 bags of fertilizer into our waterways each year! Excess nutrients harm aquatic life and can make waterway conditions toxic.

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

Not every property in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction will be serviced

There are many properties in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction, and not all will be provided with a sewerage service through this project. 

Yarra Valley Water only provides a service to a property if that property is unable to contain all of their wastewater on-site (i.e. the flows from that property’s septic tank runs-off, above or below ground, onto neighbouring properties).

  • Each unsewered property is investigated

    We determine which properties can and cannot contain their wastewater onsite by undertaking a Land Capability Assessment (LCA) on each property. 

    The LCA assesses the property against the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria’s Code of Practice – Onsite Wastewater Management, which includes a range of individual property characteristics including the size of the property, land area available for irrigation, slope, and how close the property is to local waterways.

    The LCA does not consider how well your existing septic tank system is performing. Property owners are responsible for their ongoing maintenance and compliance with relevant regulations administered by their local council (which for this project is Yarra Ranges Shire Council).

  • Some properties can contain their wastewater

    If a property has been assessed as being able to contain all of its wastewater onsite, We will not provide that property with a new sewerage service. The property would be considered as being able to meet the EPA’s requirements for onsite containment.

    You would be expected to comply with any specific Council requirements regarding the operation and maintenance of your septic system.

    For further advice on how to maintain your septic system, please contact Yarra Ranges Shire Council on 1300 368 333.

  • Some properties cannot contain their wastewater

    If a property has been assessed as unable to contain all of its wastewater onsite, Yarra Valley Water will provide the property with a sewerage service, and will construct the sewerage pipe network for that property to be able to connect to.

How we assess properties

For more information about the Land Capability Assessment, and what if means if your property will (or won't) be provided with a sewerage service as part of this program, please refer to the following fact sheet.

Launching Place Sewerage Project Fact Sheet

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback about this project, please contact the project manager, Ugyen Choden, on 9872 1416 or by email [email protected].