Eltham Water Project
Yarra Valley Water has completed maintenance works on existing water infrastructure in Eltham and Research, ensuring the reliability of our water supply to our customers in the area.
We engaged a contractor, Comdain, to perform these works on our behalf.
The work consisted of three smaller projects:
- Upgrading the pumps, pipework and switchboards of an existing water pumping station in Reynolds Road, Eltham (near Nicholson Close and Thompson Crescent)
- Decommissioning and removing the tall ‘golf-ball’ water storage tank located along Cassells Road, Research
- Decommissioning an existing water pumping station in Butterfield Reserve (open land north-east of Stokes Place, Eltham).
Reynolds Road, Eltham works
The existing water pumping station (WPS) in Reynolds Road plays an important role in supplying the Eltham community with drinking water, as it pumps water up over hills via underground water pipes.
As part of our maintenance program, Comdain upgraded the pumps, pipework and switchboards of the WPS in Reynolds Road. Our maintenance activities started in mid-October 2016 and following some delays as we waited for some key equipment to arrive, the works were completed in August 2017.
We thank people in the community for their patience and understanding throughout these important works.
Cassells Road, Research works
The water storage tank (the ‘golf ball’ tower) was located in Cassells Road, and for many years it played an important role in supplying the Research and Eltham communities with drinking water.
However, due to recent upgrades of water supply infrastructure in the area, these communities are receiving their water supply in a more reliable way. The storage tank was no longer operating and as it no longer served a purpose, the time had come for it to be removed.
We realise the ‘golf ball’ tower had been a visible fixture in the Research landscape for many years, and that there were mixed views held locally about keeping or removing the storage tank.
In August 2015, Yarra Valley Water set up a Facebook page for the community to provide their comments about what to do with the storage tank. While we received many suggestions, we decided to have the storage tank removed.
Decommissioning works occurred between November 2016 and January 2017, and the tower was removed on 6 March 2017.
Check out our time-lapse video of the tank being removed:
Butterfield Reserve, Eltham works
The Water Pump Station (WPS) located in Butterfield Reserve (open land north-east of Stokes Place, Eltham) played an important role in supplying the Eltham community with drinking water, as it pumped water up over hills via underground water pipes.
Following the recent upgrade works to the WPS in Reynolds Road, this infrastructure was no longer required.
The Butterfield Reserve WPS stopped being operational in May 2017 and was demolished in early August 2017.
If you have any questions or feedback about these works, please contact the project manager, Rebecca King, directly on 9872 2617.