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YVW completes Lockerbie Main Sewer pipeline


Yarra Valley Water (YVW) has completed the Locerkbie Main Sewer Project: a 9 km sewer pipeline between Donnybrook and Beveridge to cater for growth in Melbourne’s north. 

The Lockerbie Main Sewer collects and transfers sewage flows from a majority of the proposed new developments and communities in the Donnybrook, Beveridge and Lockerbie area. 

According to YVW general manager Chris Brace, the $80 investment in a new pipeline was designed to increase the sewer system’s capacity and reduce the risk of spills into the Merri Creek. 

The 9 km pipeline incorporates 14 branch sewer connection points to service future development. It also collects wastewater from the Wallan Sewage Treatment Plant. 

The YVW team used trenchless drilling technology to minimise disruption to sites of cultural significance to Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung.

Earlier in the project, YVW engaged with local elders on the final construction works on the sewer to identify and mitigate the potential impact excavation would have on culturally sensitive areas. 

By the project’s completion, YVW carried out a large scale salvage of stony rises, uncovering over 6,000 artefacts on site. 

Design on the Lockerbie Main Sewer Project was completed in 2019, with construction commencing in March 2020 and wrapping up in October 2021. 

The Lockerbie Main Sewer is now operating, and land around the pipeline is being restored from now until early 2022. 

For more information visit the Yarra Valley Water website. 

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