Sewer upgrade in the pipeline as City grows

BENDIGO will get an upgraded sewerage system with Coliban Water preparing for the city’s growth.Managing director Gavin Hanlon has announced a $10 million sewer upgrade for the city, with an immediate benefit during extreme high rainfall.The announcement comes as more than 60 people reported issues along the sewer network.“We had 66 reports of issues in our sewer network in and around Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kyneton as a result of storm water entering the system,” Headworks and operations manager Neville Pearce said.Clean-ups have started and will continue into next week.”The upgrade to the system will duplicate present pipelines running from Maple Street in Golden Square to Elvey Drive in Kangaroo Flat to connect with the Bendigo Creek sewer duplication which was completed in 2006.“While we’ve got a dedicated capital works program to address flood impact hot spots in the sewer network, this major sewer duplication in Bendigo will have the added bonus of reducing impacts from flash flooding in the Kangaroo Flat area,” Mr Hanlon said.“Prior to the project starting we will be communicating directly with residents and businesses right along the project and we’ll also provide information via the media and on our website.”Leed Engineering is expected to start construction on the pipeline in April with completion late in the year.Over the weekend Coliban Water released 1500 megalitres of water from its Malmsbury storage which was needed to manage inflows with all storages at capacity.The incident management team is continuing to monitor rainfall with the focus turning to Rochester where moderate flood levels are predicted.Recovery works are still continuing in 15 towns affected by the January floods including Tarnagulla, Pyramid Hill and Serpentine where boil water notices are still in place.