Restoration, upgrade under way for century-old Royal Parade water main


Essential upgrades will be made to the Royal Parade water main in Parkville, with Greater Western Water (GWW) starting works on a two-kilometre section of the main this month. 

Built in 1889, the existing water main will be restored to ensure clean and reliable water, extra capacity and greater protection against leaks for the Parkville community. 

GWW’s general manager growth and infrastructure Amanda Smith said the main was a “critical asset” to the area and was in need of the upgrade. 

“Its size and location, proximity to essential services such as hospitals and current condition make it a high priority for upgrade,” Ms Smith said. 

The works will take place in stages between Genetics Lane to the corner of Holtom St West and Bowen Crescent in Carlton North. 

Ms Smith said GWW was aiming to minimise disruptions to the community with the use of slip-lining technology, which involves inserting a new 560-millimetre diameter pipeline inside the existing water main. 

“We’re working closely with our partners and stakeholders and will be providing advance notice to the community as the works progress,” she said.

The main’s renewal is set to create 10 new jobs, with the project expected to be complete in late September 2023. •

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