Park Orchards Sewerage Project
Yarra Valley Water is undertaking an innovative project in Park Orchards.
Yarra Valley Water is undertaking a trial in Park Orchards to understand the feasibility of providing sewerage services to properties using onsite wastewater treatment systems (or septic systems). This is different to how we normally provide our sewerage services, which is by connecting properties to a sewer pipeline in the street.
The trial will help us determine the best way to service properties on our Community Sewerage Program.
Note, outside of the trial area, the Park Orchards and Ringwood North Community Sewerage Area is scheduled for sewerage servicing in 2026/2027.
There are 100 properties in the trial area.
Of these, 87 can, based on land capability assessment, use a modern onsite wastewater treatment system to manage their wastewater. We offered to upgrade the existing or install a new onsite system on these properties. Sixty-one homeowners agreed to these works, and to participate in the trial.
The remaining 13 properties in the trial area cannot install an onsite system that would meet current standards. This is generally due to limited space (e.g. the commercial precinct). We will service these properties via a connection to a sewer pipeline.
This small section of sewer is not being designed to service the whole of Park Orchards and Ringwood North.
Pending approvals, construction of the sewer will commence in the first half of 2019.
We are undertaking a trial in Park Orchards to understand the benefits, challenges and feasibility of providing sewerage services onsite by installing and managing onsite wastewater treatments systems (septic systems) on customers' properties instead of connecting them to a reticulated pressure or gravity sewer network. Take at look at the approach we will be taking to evaluate the Park Orchards Trial.
We will monitor the performance of the onsite systems for at least two years to see how well they work, what the benefits of onsite systems are and what challenges they present.
This information will inform how we service other properties on our Community Sewerage Program.
There are 100 properties in the trial area surrounding the Park Orchards Primary School and main shops.
Of the 100 properties:
- 84 have been classified as able to treat and manage their wastewater on site. We have now completed upgrades of on-site systems on most of these properties as of September 2017. Some irrigation performance improvements and maintenance works will continue to occur over the coming months. Thank you for your patience as these works are occurring.
- Nine properties have been classified as unable to contain their waste onsite. This includes the shopping precinct and some residential properties in the trial area. We are designing a sewer pipeline to service these properties and expect to commence construction by mid-2018.
- Four properties have been classified as partly able to contain their wastewater onsite. We are currently developing a new type of onsite system for these properties. They will also require a connection to the sewer pipeline. Installations will commence near the conclusion of the construction of the sewer pipeline.
In August 2017, residents outside the trial area were provided with a trial project update. Another update will be provided in August 2018.
We will commence an environmental monitoring program in the trial and broader Park Orchards area in July 2018. Monitoring will continue for approximately 2 years (until July 2019).
A small sewer extension is planned for the Colman Reserve in Ringwood. This sewer will only provide sewerage services to the reserve and will not impact the outcomes of the trial project.
Our upcoming actions are to:
- Finish designing of and construct the sewer, pending relevant approvals.
- Continue environmental monitoring for two years (until at least July 2019).
- We will evaluate the trial and determine the best sewerage servicing approach for the 1,200 properties in the Park Orchards and Ringwood North Community Sewerage Area. This may take until the end of 2020.
Recently, Yarra Valley Water sent this factsheet to all residents in the Park Orchards and Ringwood North Community Sewerage Area
Download factsheet (363KB)
We are currently confirming permit requirements for the section of sewer being constructed to service some properties in the trial area.
Our contractor will start preliminary construction activities in March 2019. Pending approvals, we anticipate construction will commence in April 2019.
Our environmental monitoring program will also begin in March 2019. We will monitor: climate, the performance of onsite systems, groundwater, and impacts on local creeks and waterways. This data will be compared against baseline monitoring that occurred between 2014-2016.
Park Orchards Trial Community Engagement Panel (POTCEP)
A panel has been operating since 2013 to liaise with relevant customers and community groups regarding the provision of a sewer servicing trial in the Park Orchards and Ringwood North community. The panel provides feedback on communication strategies for the trial project and seeks to obtain feedback from panel members regarding considerations to be addressed.
A broad range of representation was selected for POTCEP. This includes residents inside the trial area and also those from the broader Park Orchards sewerage project area.
- Elizabeth Hanson
- Robyn McKenzie
- Andrew Prout
- Trevor Street
- Matt Wagenfeld
- Frank Walker
- Peter White
You can view the presentations and minutes from each panel meeting below.
- May 2019: Presentation / Minutes
- February 2019: Presentation / Minutes
- November 2018: Presentation / Minutes
- August 2018: Presentation / Minutes
- June 2018: Presentation / Minutes
- November 2017: Presentation / Minutes
- July 2017: Presentation / Minutes
- May 2017: Presentation / Minutes
- February 2017: Presentation / Minutes
- November 2016: Presentation / Minutes
- September 2016: Presentation / Minutes
- June 2016: Presentation / Minutes
- April 2016: Presentation / Minutes
- February 2016: Presentation / Minutes
- November 2015: Presentation / Minutes
- July 2015: Presentation / Minutes
- May 2015: Presentation / Minutes
- February 2015: Presentation / Minutes
- December 2014: Presentation / Minutes
- October 2014: Presentation / Minutes