17 February 2020

Goulburn Valley Water supplies water and wastewater services to over 50 Victorian towns, with our customers asked to follow the 3Ps rule, that only three things should ever go down the toilet – pee, poo and (toilet) paper.

However it is not unusual for things to turn up at GVW sewer pump stations that do not belong down domestic drains or toilets.

A key sewer pump station in Nash St Nagambie was cleared a number of times last year due to blockages caused by items such as toys and underwear. Findings like this are not unique to Nagambie, but are a good example of why it is important for us to monitor and maintain our sewerage infrastructure, to ensure the contents are able to travel without incident from the township to the wastewater management facility.

This pump station, in Nash St, is now in the schedule for an upgrade to ensure the continued reliability of the town’s sewer network.

GVW Manager Asset & Project Delivery, Alan Tyson, said improvement works are required to increase the reliability and capacity of the pump station to cater for the future.

“We currently provide sewer services to over 600 residential and 100 non-residential properties in the town. This amounts to around 600,000 litres of wastewater each day and all this is conveyed via a pipe from the sewer pump station in Nash St to the Wastewater Management Facility on McDonalds Rd.”

The pump station will be converted from an underground dry well to a wet well system and will include demolition of the current building at the site and replacing it with a smaller switchboard kiosk and vent stack. New underground chambers will also be installed to allow for better operational flexibility.

The pipeline that connects to the pump station is also due for upgrade in around five years. However, some short sections on Ballantynes Road will be constructed under the railway line once relevant permits have been obtained later this year.

Customers living in the area of the works will be advised closer to the time of commencement. Construction works are likely to begin in the latter half of 2020 and anticipated to cause minimal disruption. Works are likely to take about five months to complete.

Customers are encouraged to provide feedback on this project or GVW's services on 1800 45 45 00.