Melbourne Water is renewing the M41 water main

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The M41 water main is almost 100 years old and needs to be replaced so that we can continue to efficiently supply drinking water to over 350,000 residents living in Melbourne's inner suburbs.

We will continue to engage with the community, key stakeholders and local businesses throughout this process and as the project progresses.

What does this project involve?

The existing alignment of the M41 water main travels from Merri Creek in Northcote, through Edinburgh Gardens, and under Queens and Alexandra Parades to George Street, Fitzroy. The route follows George Street to Victoria Parade, and then runs through the Fitzroy Gardens to Wellington Parade in East Melbourne.

Melbourne Water has appointed CPB Black and Veatch Joint Venture to carry out construction of the M41 water main. Service and geotechnical investigation works will start in early March 2018, with construction to start in May 2018 and will take approximately 18 months to two years to complete.

Why is this project important?

Once complete, the project will enable Melbourne Water to:

  • reduce water losses and disruption to supply from leaks
  • increase capacity within the supply network
  • continue to supply high quality, safe and reliable drinking water

This project contributes to Melbourne Water’s strategic vision of ‘Enhancing Life and Liveability’ in the greater Melbourne region.

Protecting the environment

We understand and share the value the community places on flora and fauna.

We're committed to protecting the local area, in particular the mature elm trees in Edinburgh Gardens. We aim to do this with the help and input of the community and environmental specialists, as well as by implementing strict management plans.

As the existing water main runs through Edinburgh Gardens, we’ve planned an alignment for the new main that will minimise impacts to the park, avoiding the removal of any historic elm trees.

We'll continue to work closely with the local community at each stage of the project to ensure we meet our environmental commitments.

Working with our stakeholders and the community

Melbourne Water has been working with key stakeholders including local business, VicRoads, City West Water, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra in the planning phase of the project.

We’ll continue to speak and work with the relevant people throughout each stage of the project.

Community engagement

In addition to consulting with key stakeholders while developing the alignment for the new water main, we have been speaking with the local community about the design and other social and environmental considerations, technical requirements and project costs.

The complexity of other factors, such as other underground services means that we have not provided the community with an opportunity to choose the alignment.

Comments and feedback about the project are welcome at any time and we will provide an opportunity for the community to have a say on specific elements of the project, such as reinstatement in some areas.

Community Feedback

You talked, we listened

We've been engaging with the community since December 2016. View a summary of the feedback we've recieved so far and that will help shape our approach to construction once a contractor to complete the works has been appointed towards the end of 2017.

This refers to engagement undertaken in Fitzroy North, Fitzroy and East Melbourne.
Please note: It is not expected that water supply to households will be interrupted as part of the M41 construction works.