Greater Western Water completes Royal Parade water main upgrade

Greater Western Water completes Royal Parade water main upgrade
Sean Car

Greater Western Water (GWW) has successfully concluded the crucial upgrade of a 134-year-old water main on Royal Parade in Parkville.

The completion of the Royal Parade Upgrade Project on February 12, 2024, marks a substantial effort to secure a reliable and safe water service for the local community, ensuring sustainability in supply for years to come.

Beginning in May of the previous year, GWW’s project involved the replacement of the aging water main with a new two-kilometre pipeline.

Employing innovative slip-lining technology, a 560mm diameter pipeline was seamlessly inserted inside the existing 750mm diameter wrought iron water main.

This method allowed for minimal disruption to local businesses, mitigated water supply interruptions, maintained pressure levels, and significantly enhanced construction safety and efficiency.

Acting general manager of growth and infrastructure at GWW Bri George emphasised the importance of prioritising the upgrade due to the water main's critical status and proximity to essential services.

Ms George highlighted the historical significance of the Royal Parade water main, which has dutifully served the Parkville community with reliable water services since 1889, spanning more than 130 years.

“The investment in this upgrade was crucial to ensuring our customers continue to receive reliable water services for decades to come and highlights our ongoing commitment to supporting our city’s growth,” she said.

She expressed gratitude to the community for their patience and understanding throughout the essential upgrade process.

The Royal Parade Upgrade Project was delivered in collaboration with Fulton Hogan.

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