Yarra Glen Water Filling Station Upgrade Project
We are planning to upgrade our existing water filling station in Yarra Glen to make it safer for our customers to use.
Water filling stations are pieces of water infrastructure that provide both commercial and domestic customers with a reliable and accessible supply of water in areas where normal access to our reticulated supply is not otherwise available.
The water filling station is located on Steels Creek Road, opposite Forest Road in Yarra Glen. The site layout will be improved to provide capacity for multiple users – separating commercial water carters from domestic users, and new entry and exit points will be constructed to improve public safety.
We anticipate commencing the required construction works in April 2018 and complete them by September 2018.
These are our current indicative project timelines:
- Site ground conditions investigations - August 2017 (completed)
- Consult with customers - September/October 2017 (completed)
- Apply to Council for permits - November 2017 (completed)
- Construction commences - April 2018
- Construction completed - September 2018
Want to know more?
Why is the water filling station being upgraded?
By upgrading this piece of water infrastructure, we will be able to:
- Improve the site layout, entry and exit points to enhance site safety for the public, as well as water filling station users and operators
- Provide capacity for multiple users – separating commercial water carters from domestic users.
What will the upgrade involve?
The upgrade will involve installing two water filling stations at the current site, and changing the road pavement and drainage.
Can the water filling station be located elsewhere?
No. We looked at a site further north along Steels Creek Road but re-locating the water filling station there could impact on water pressure for customers in the surrounding area, so this option was ruled out.
What was considered during the planning stage?
Our engineers have been doing some design work for the site to investigate how it would work best for our users.
We’ve undertaken a site safety assessment as well as getting a clearer idea of who currently uses the water filling station, and how often it is used.
We’ve identified that there is a mix of smaller and larger vehicles that use the water filling station, and that most demand is from Dixons Creek and Steels Creek – areas that are not connected to the Melbourne’s reticulated water supply system.
We’ve also looked at viable entry and exit paths for improved safety, as well as minimising the impact to existing vegetation and the need to modify drainage.
Based on our investigations, our proposal for upgrading the current site is to include two separate water filling stations – one for commercial customers, and one for domestic customers.
What planning approvals are required?
We’ve been consulting with Yarra Ranges Shire Council about our proposed upgrade to make sure any proposal complies with relevant Council planning, environmental and road safety requirements.
We’ve identified that there will be some vegetation removal required and we’ve worked with Council to ensure that the amount of vegetation we need to remove is kept to a minimum.
In November 2017, we submitted our planning permit application to Council. This submission contains details of the vegetation removal required as part of this upgrade.