Yarra Valley Water


Sassafras Sewerage Project

We're providing a new sewerage service to properties in Sassafras

We're currently designing a system that will provide sewerage services to approximately 230 properties in Sassafras and Olinda.

New sewerage pipelines will be constructed along road reserves and easements, and every property along the sewerage pipe path will receive a connection point, allowing them to connect to the sewerage network.

The project will provide numerous benefits to your community, including:

  • Improving the health of local waterways
  • Reducing odours in the area that are currently noticeable
  • Providing a more liveable environment for the community.

For property owners, connecting to the sewerage network means you will not need to maintain a septic tank or replace it when it gets old. Other benefits include:

  • elimination of odours or soggy patches around your home
  • less pollution into the environment
  • greater flexibility of home improvement and extension options.

The more properties that connect to the new system, the better it will be for the community.

The following map shows the areas being investigated to receive this sewerage service, an alternative to on-property septic systems.

Map showing Sassafras Community Sewerage area

View Sassafras Project Area Map

Why does this area need a piped sewerage system?

Septic tanks work by gradually releasing wastewater so that it is absorbed by the soil and plants on your property. If they are old and beyond their service life, fail or aren’t maintained properly they can create unpleasant smells and boggy areas. They can leak waste onto other properties or the wastewater can flow into local drains and waterways. Sometimes properties are too small to contain the waste; or the land might be steep, so the waste runs off before it is absorbed.

Also, many properties have split systems where toilet water is treated by the septic tank and the wastewater from the kitchen, shower and laundry flows into the stormwater system. This waste is not treated and flows into our creeks, rivers and bay, polluting our waterways.

What should you do right now?

You do not need to do anything right now, except keep maintaining your current onsite wastewater (septic) system.

We'll be in touch with property owners directly as we progress.

Contact us

If you have any questions or feedback about the project, please contact Project Manager Nick Coull on 9872 1736 or n[email protected].


Project Updates

May 2022

As we finalise the design and start moving towards construction of the new sewerage system for Sassafras, we'd like to invite local traders to attend our engagement session.

We're conscious that Sassafras retailers are dependent on visitors and tourists to the area, so we'd like to provide you with information about the sewerage project and ask you to share your perspectives, ideas and concerns.

WHAT:    Information and consultation about the upcoming sewerage project
DATE:     Wednesday 19 May
TIME:      9-10am
WHERE: The Sassafras Hall (Mechanics Institute) 

Click on the image for more information:


flyer for engagement session

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