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Lilydale Sewerage Project

We are investigating the sewerage servicing needs of properties in unsewered parts of Lilydale.

We are in the planning stages of this project, which will provide sewerage services to properties in Lilydale that cannot contain their wastewater onsite.

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.

View a map showing areas being investigated

Did you know?

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

Project updates

  • December 2018

    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.

  • March 2018

    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.

  • October 2017

    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.

Contact us

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