19 July 2023

Residents on Shepparton’s Hawdon Street are now benefitting from a more reliable water supply after the completion of a major project to replace an ageing, 60-year-old water main.

More than 800m of new water main was constructed between Knight St and Balaclava Rd, improving the service reliability for residents along Hawdon St and supply to north Shepparton.

The existing 375mm-diameter main was also refurbished to continue supplying high-volume users on the line. 

The project was completed over three stages to minimise the impact on residents and motorists, with the final works carried out in April and May.

Goulburn Valley Water Managing Director Steve Capewell said the works were designed to improve service reliability for the next 50 years.

“Customers supplied by this main had experienced increasing numbers of bursts and leaks, so we reprioritised this project to be delivered this year,” Dr Capewell said.

“An important part of our asset renewal program is upgrading older water mains, and in some areas our pipelines are 60 to 80 years old, so progressively upgrading them means we can ensure a more reliable water service for customers.

“The Hawdon St water main was one of the largest and more complex replacements we’ve carried out in recent years, and we’re really pleased it was completed on time and without any major issues, despite some small delays from wet weather.

“We appreciate the patience of customers and motorists using Hawdon St while we completed this upgrade.”

A custom-made pipe material was developed for the project, while construction also featured an innovative slip-lining method so works were completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In the past five years, Goulburn Valley Water has spent about $11 million to replace more than 15km of ageing water mains. Planning is currently under way to prioritise replacement projects across the GVW service area for the next five-year period.