Red Hill Water Project
We are constructing a new 260-metre-long water pipe in Watts Road, Doreen, to improve our ability to reliably supply water to customers in Yan Yean and Doreen.
In our water supply system, different water pipes provide water to properties in different water supply zones. A number of properties in Yan Yean and Doreen are supplied via large underground water pipes, and are part of what we call the ‘Red Hill Water Supply Zone’.
The work we are doing as part of this project will provide a ‘link’ between two existing water pipes. By connecting this missing link, we will have greater flexibility to ensure properties in the area are getting its water supply, even when we need to conduct maintenance works on the pipe in the future.
Our contractor, AHA Constructions, will construct the new 260-metre-long section of pipe between Watts Road and Laurimar Avenue. Once the new pipe has been built, they will complete additional works within Melbourne Water’s Yan Yean reservoir land, which involves decommissioning (or ‘retiring’) an ageing water storage tank and some associated pipework.
AHA Constructions has been working in the area since mid-July, identifying where other existing services (such as underground gas pipes and phone wires) are located, and will begin construction activities in late September 2017. The new pipe should be constructed by mid-October 2017.
Additional works within Melbourne Water’s Yan Yean reservoir land will occur between October and November 2017.
Works will occur Monday to Friday, between 7.00am and 5.00pm.
Instead of digging a large open trench with an excavator, we’ll be constructing the new pipe along the west side of Watts Road using a technique called ‘directional drilling’.
This involves digging up a small area of land at each end of the pipe length, and then drilling a tunnel underground, through which we pull the new water pipe through. This technique has much less impact on the natural environment.