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Kew-Balwyn Water Upgrade Project

We are upgrading about 4.5 kilometres of existing water supply pipes in the Kew area, to ensure customers are continuing to receive a reliable supply of drinking water.

Some of the existing water supply pipes in the area are up to 100 years old.

Project details

Upgrading these water supply pipes involves having a construction contractor doing work in some local streets. 

Due to the size of the project, works are being completed in two separate stages:

  • Stage 1 – May 2018 to June 2019
  • Stage 2 – August 2019 to mid-2020

Map of works

Map of where new water pipes will be built

Construction details

See below details of construction techniques and updates on how each stage is progressing.

  • Stage 1 works update

    The work involves replacing or renewing about 3 kilometres of existing pipe, which is mostly located beneath the road surface.

    Construction activities started in May 2018 and are expected to be completed in June 2019.

    Our contractor, MFJ Constructions, is working 7.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturdays between 7.00am and 1.00pm.

    Map showing where pipes are being built for Stage 1
    The blue line shows where pipes have already been built.
    The red line shows where pipes have yet to be built.

    MFJ Constructions is currently working in Grange Road, between Reservoir Reserve and Cotham Road. This is the final section of the Stage 1 works.

    To complete this section of work as quickly as possible, some Grange Road traffic and parking lane closures will be required during construction hours. Works are progressing from the Sackville Street end, and MFJ Constructions will be working in the same area for 3-5 weeks before moving along towards Reservoir Reserve.

    Grange Road will be reopened to traffic overnight and most of the weekend. A traffic management plan and detours will be in place during construction hours to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.

  • Stage 2 works update

    Our contractor, MFJ Constructions, will begin work in late August 2019. Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid-2020, subject to good weather and ground conditions.

    Work will occur between 7.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and between 7.00am and 3.00pm on Saturdays.


    The red line shows where water supply pipes will be replaced.

    Construction details

    • MFJ Constructions’ first section of work will be on Mont Victor Road, between Vista Avenue and Stoke Avenue. Other works within Mont Victor Road are scheduled to occur during the upcoming September school holiday period.
    • The existing water supply pipes are located beneath the road surface, so most work will occur within the roadway of local streets. 
    • Work will typically be happening in the same location for 2-5 weeks. As sections of pipe are completed, construction activities will move up the street. 
    • Road closures around Genazzano College will be coordinated, where possible, to occur during the school holiday period, to avoid significant traffic flow disruptions occurring during the school term.
    •  From Wednesday 6 November 2019 to Wednesday 20 November 2019, the section of the water main at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue / Normanby is scheduled to occur.
    • The next section of the water main on Parkhill Road is scheduled to occur between Monday 18 November to Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Community impacts

Local water and sewerage services will not be affected by these works.

Despite our efforts to minimise the impacts of these works on the local community, you will at times notice construction noise, dust, and traffic disruptions.

For Parkhill Road works, the bin trucks will have access to the South side of Parkhill Road only during bin days. For properties fronting the work area, please leave your bin on Southside of Parkhill Road during the closure period (18 November to 18 December 2019).

  • Schedule of road closures

    Road closures will only be in effect during work hours. Roads will be open as usual overnight and most of the weekend.

    Section Date Type
    Grange Road (Sackville Street to laneway) early April to mid-May 2019 Full road closure
    Grange Road (laneway to Cotham Road) mid-May to early June 2019 Full road closure
    Myrtle Avenue/Normanby Road Intersection 6 to 20 November 2019 Intersection closed
    Parkhill Road Eastbound Lane 18 November to 18 December

    Eastbound lane closed between Adeney Avenue and Normanby Road

Road closures around schools are being coordinated, where possible, to occur during the school holiday period, to avoid significant traffic flow disruptions occurring during the school term.

Some road lanes will be closed to traffic for weeks at a time, which means some on-street car parks will temporarily not be available. Residents may need to park their vehicles down the street as works are being completed. Driveway access to some properties may also be restricted for brief periods during construction hours.

A Council-approved traffic management plan will be in effect to ensure workers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are safe.

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback about this project, please contact the project manager, Nick Coull, on 9872 1736 or by email [email protected]