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Hawthorn Sewer Improvement Project

We improved the condition of over 50 kilometres of sewer pipes in the Hawthorn area to reduce the likelihood of sewage spills during heavy storms.

Underground sewer pipes in Hawthorn collect sewage flows from properties and transport these flows to Melbourne Water’s sewage treatment plants in Werribee or Carrum for treatment and disposal.

The sewerage system in Hawthorn includes some pipes that are over 100 years old. We inspected the existing pipes in the Hawthorn area, and over 50 kilometres of pipes were identified as being old or in poor condition, or had experienced multiple pipe blockages over the last few years.

Between December 2017 and August 2018, our contractors Interflow and Abergeldie improved these pipes, giving them a further 50 years of use, and reducing the likelihood of sewage spills into the environment during heavy storms.

Contact details

If you have any questions or project feedback please contact Alberto Vela on 9872 1306  

Future works in the Hawthorn area

While Yarra Valley Water’s works to improve the condition of over 50 kilometres of sewer pipes in the Hawthorn area were completed in August 2018, other sewer improvement works are being undertaken by Melbourne Water.

Between 2018 and 2021, Melbourne Water is investing over $100 million in a sewer relining and manhole rehabilitation program to upgrade 15 kilometres of ageing sewer pipes across Melbourne. These works will ensure Melbourne continues to remain the world’s most liveable city.

Find out more about Melbourne Water’s works.