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Park Orchards Sewerage Project

Yarra Valley Water is undertaking an innovative project to deliver sewerage services to the Park Orchards community.

This project covers the majority of Park Orchards and seeks to provide over 1,200 residents with a fit for purpose sewerage system. Properties will primarily be from Park Orchards, however others from Ringwood and Warrandyte will also be included in this project.

Park Orchards Sewerage Project map

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.

Information about septic tanks, including ongoing maintenance and management, are available through Manningham City Council

Project Manager

Katherine Collette can be contacted on 9872 1832 or email [email protected].

    Project updates

    • July 2017

      A trial is underway to assess wastewater servicing options for Park Orchards.

      There are 100 properties are in the trial area surrounding the Park Orchards Primary School and main shops. There are over 1,200 properties in the entire Park Orchards sewerage area. Of the 100 properties:

      • 84 have been classified as able to contain (i..e treat and manage) their wastewater onsite. We have commenced upgrades of on-site systems on most of these properties. You may notice some construction activity from our contractor, Septic Systems Australia during this time. Upgrades are 70% complete and will be completed in August 2017. Thanks for your patience as these works occur.
      • 9 properties have been classified as unable to contain their waste onsite. This includes the shopping precinct and some residential properties. We are designing a sewer pipeline to service these properties. 
      • 4 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.

      Residents outside the trial area will be provided with an update on the trial and likely sewer alignment in the coming weeks (likely August 2017). 

      The findings of the investigations conducted in the trial area have determined that a majority of properties can contain their wastewater on-site using on-site wastewater treatment systems. This suggests most customers have the ability to upgrade their own on-site wastewater treatment system (i.e most properties can treat and manage their wasteawter onsite).

      The trial project will seek to confirm these results, determine the most suitable wastewater management strategy and identify how to best manage wastewater in the area.

      In May 2016, we ran an online forum, in which people in the community were invited to have their say about sewerage options for properties that are not able to contain their wastewater via the upgrade of their septic systems. This forum is now closed, and feedback from this forum has been summarised in a factsheet.

      A monitoring program was conducted in 2015 to monitor the health of the local environment and the impact of septic systems in the area. The result of this work was released to the public in July 2016. Findings suggest there are impacts from poorly performing septic systems in Park Orchards and Ringwood North, primarily in the center of the Park Orchards township. Upgraded on-site systems were shown to perform well.

      We are very grateful for the support and co-operation provided by residents with this trial project.

    • December 2016

      • A trial is underway to assess wastewater servicing options for Park Orchards.
      • There are 100 properties are in the trial area surrounding the Park Orchards Primary School and main shops. There are over 1,200 properties in the entire Park Orchards sewerage area.
        • Upgrade of on-site systems in the trial area has commenced. You may notice some construction activity from our contractor, Septic Systems Australia during this time. Upgrades will be carried out until October 2017. We thank you for your patience as these works occur.
        • Yarra Valley Water is conducting a design for a sewerage service for properties unable to contain wastewater on-site within the trial area. A sewerage network is being investigated to service the local shopping precinct. The use of partial containment septic systems is also being considered where practicable for other constrained properties.
        • Residents outside the trial area were provided a letter update recently regarding the commencement of construction activities for the project.
      • The findings of the investigations conducted in the trial area have determined that a majority of properties can contain their wastewater on-site using on-site wastewater treatment systems. This suggests most customers have the ability to upgrade their own on-site wastewater treatment system. The trial project will seek to confirm these results, determine the most suitable wastewater management strategy and identify how to best manage wastewater in the area.
      • In May 2016 we ran an online forum to discuss sewerage options for properties that are not able to contain their wastewater via the upgrade of their septic systems. This forum is now closed, and feedback from this forum has been summarised in a factsheet.
      • A monitoring program was conducted in 2015 to monitor the health of the local environment and the impact of septic systems in the area. The result of this work was released to the public in July 2016. Findings suggest there are impacts from poorly performing septic systems in Park Orchards and Ringwood North. Upgraded on-site systems were shown to perform well.
      • Yarra Valley Water is very grateful for the support and co-operation provided by residents with this trial project.
    • August 2016

      • A trial is underway to assess wastewater servicing options for Park Orchards.
      • There are 100 properties are in the trial area surrounding the Park Orchards Primary School and main shops. There are over 1,200 properties in the entire Park Orchards sewerage area.
        • Residents inside the trial area are currently confirming the location of their on-site wastewater treatment system. Residents will also soon be asked to sign up to participate in the upgrade of their on-site system. Construction is expected to commence in before the end of 2016.
        • Residents outside the trial area were provided a letter update recently outlining the feedback obtained through the consultation regarding the servicing of properties unable to contain on-site.
      • The findings of the investigations conducted in the trial area have determined that a majority of properties can contain their wastewater on-site using on-site wastewater treatment systems. This suggests most customers have the ability to upgrade their own on-site wastewater treatment system. The trial project will seek to confirm these results, determine the most suitable wastewater management strategy and identify how to best manage wastewater in the area.
      • Yarra Valley Water recently conducted an online forum to discuss sewerage options for properties that are not able to contain their wastewater via the upgrade of their septic systems. This forum is now closed, and feedback from this forum has been summarised in a factsheet.
      • A monitoring program was conducted in 2015 to monitor the health of the local environment and the impact of septic systems in the area. The result of this work was released to the public in July 2016. Findings suggest there are impacts from poorly performing septic systems in Park Orchards and Ringwood North. Upgraded on-site systems were shown to perform well.
      • Yarra Valley Water is very grateful for the support and co-operation provided by residents with this trial project.

      Works along Park Road

      You may have noticed some activity around Park Road near Paddys Lane. Although none of these works are related to the Park Orchards Sewerage Project, you may be interested to know why there is construction activity in the area.

      The following works are occurring along Park Road, Park Orchards:

      • Sewerage construction works required for the delivery of the Donvale Sewerage Project are occurring in this area, and will soon be completed. This construction work will provide a sewerage service to properties in Donvale by 2018. Find out more about the Donvale Sewerage Project.
      • Manningham City Council is upgrading the footpath along Park Road and has traffic management in place during the works.
      • Yarra Valley Water is upgrading ageing water mains Park Road, between Correidale Crescent and Brympton Avenue. Please note this work is not related to any of the sewerage projects in the area.
    • Park Orchards Trial Community Engagement Panel (POTCEP)

      Background

      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.

      Members

      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. 

      Members include:

      • Andrew Prout
      • Robert Ameer
      • Matt Wagenfeld
      • Peter White
      • Jan van der Merwe
      • Trevor Street
      • Gail Jobson
      • Ken Inggall
      • Trevor Habel
      • Elizabeth Hanson

       

      Presentations

      You can view the presentations and minutes from each panel meeting below.

       

      Terms of Reference

      If you would like further information regarding the panel, please contact Katherine Collette via 9872 1832 or email [email protected].