Lilydale Sewerage Project
Following a review of our Community Sewerage Program commitments and feedback from property owners in the area impacted by Lilydale Sewerage Project, the project is delayed. We apologise for any inconvenience.
We are in the planning stages of this project, which will provide sewerage services to properties in Lilydale that cannot contain their wastewater on-site.
This project will benefit the Lilydale community by:
- Improving the health of local waterways
- Protecting public health
- Reducing sewer odours that are currently noticeable in the area
- Providing a more liveable environment for locals and visitors to the area.
Did you know?
Poorly performing septic systems can be a nuisance for you and your neighbours by creating unpleasant odour and soggy backyards.
We’re continuing work on the design of a piped sewerage system for Lilydale, recently completing a site walk to progress the engineering of a sewerage system suited to the area.
We expect the new sewerage system to be available in late 2023.
We encourage you to continue maintaining your existing sewerage system, and we’ll provide further updates as we progress.
Over the past 12 months we have reviewed the sewerage service needs of properties in unsewered parts of Lilydale and captured feedback from property owners.
The initial design, presented to the community at an information session in October 2017, provided sewer connections to properties that were unable to contain wastewater within their boundary. This was approximately half of the investigation area.
Following feedback from the community, we have revised our service delivery approach and will provide sewerage connections to all properties within the investigation area. The properties impacted by this decision are shown on the Lilydale Sewerage Project area map.
We will now need to undertake additional work which will delay the delivery of this project. We expect the new sewerage network will be available in 2023.
We encourage you to continue maintaining your existing sewerage system and apologise for any inconvenience.
In October 2017 we presented the initial design of the sewerage network for the Lilydale area at a community information session. This design involved providing a sewerage network service to approximately half the properties that were referred to Yarra Valley Water by your local council. We had determined that the remaining properties could contain their wastewater on site and so were not going to be provided with a sewerage service.
Because of concerns expressed by the community about this sewerage servicing strategy we decided to re-assess opportunities for a better overall outcome for the community in the longer term. This work has required further investigations which have had an impact on the project timeline. This work is ongoing, and we will get in touch with you once it is completed.
The project is now anticipated to be completed late 2021. Please bear in mind the timing is dependent on many factors, including obtaining planning permits and favourable ground conditions, and therefore could be subject to further delays.
We sincerely apologise for the delays and we will keep you updated as the project progresses.
We are designing the layout of where new sewer pipes should be built in the Lilydale area. We usually try to build our pipes under road verges and in parks or reserves, where we can easily access the pipes for future maintenance. This isn’t always possible, and sometimes we need to build our pipe under privately owned land, such as a residential backyard.
Our design consultant, Jacobs, has been investigating the local street layout, and they have a good understanding of where the hills and valleys are, and this will help them design the sewer layout. There’s a few more things they want to check, so they’ll be visiting the area over the next few weeks. During this time, you might see Jacobs representatives walking along the sides of roads, or in local parks and reserves.
Once the design is completed and we’ve got approvals, we’ll be ready to start building the sewer pipes in your area. Works are likely to start in November 2018, and should be completed by mid-2020. It’ll then be time for properties to connect to the new sewer. That’s a while away though, and we’ll provide you with more information about connecting to the sewer soon.
Letters were sent this month, advising residents and property owners of the outcome of the Land Capability Assessment (LCA) for their property, and if their property is being provided with a sewerage service as part of the Community Sewerage Program.
Upcoming information session
We are holding a community information session on 12 October. Details for the session are as follows:
Thursday, 12 October 2017
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Lillydale Lake Community Room
435 Swansea Road, Lilydale
The session is an informal drop-in session, and attendance is not mandatory. There will be no formal presentation. Instead, people can come along and talk to the project team about the proposed sewerage system in Lilydale, and find out more about how Yarra Valley Water 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 have their questions answered in one-on-one conversations.