Works are underway to replace the Shepparton outfall rising main - Shepparton's largest sewer main which is responsible for transferring almost all of Shepparton’s wastewater, including from large scale food processors and manufacturers.

The new 3.4km Shepparton Outfall Replacement Rising Main is almost a metre in diameter and runs between a major sewer pump station on Wanganui Rd to the Shepparton Wastewater Management Facility on Daldy Rd.

The current main has reached the end of its useful life, and the new main - which is larger at 900mm-diameter - will help ensure the sewer network has the capacity to deal with an increase in flow levels created by industrial growth or new housing developments.

Work on the $5.5M project began in late January, with the majority of construction works to be completed by the end of June.

The new pipeline is being constructed from durable, glass-reinforced plastic pipe, which is designed to have a lifespan of up to 80 years. The material is very well suited to large diameter pipelines, and has a high degree of chemical resistance, which is important when dealing with potentially corrosive industrial flows.

The project will cross two roadways during construction in the coming months; Wanganui Road and Daldy Road. Roads will remain open via one lane throughout crossing works and traffic management will be in place to minimise disruption to motorists in the area.

We have planned a more direct pipeline route which will allow the project works to be completed sooner. GVW has made significant efforts to avoid impacting native vegetation along the new pipeline route, but have planned native vegetation offset credits if some trees along Wanganui Rd are required to be removed.

We will also use an existing, decommissioned Goulburn-Murray Water channel for construction adjacent to Wanganui Road, and we’ll be filling in the channel with excess material from the construction process.