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Greater Western Water preparing for future growth with $20 million of upgrades

A raft of major water and sewer projects have been completed for Bacchus Marsh and surrounding areas, with the aim of facilitating strong urban development as the region continues to grow in the next 20 years. 

Greater Western Water’s $20 million works include an upgraded sewer pump station, a new sewer pipeline and two new water pipelines with most of the projects completed in the past month.

Greater Western Water General Manager Growth and Infrastructure Amanda Smith said the local population is projected to double to 46,000 in the next two decades and the investment will ensure demand for services within the Bacchus Marsh area is met.

“These are significant projects for the town’s sewerage and water network. In particular, it ensures Greater Western Water can meet the demand for sewerage services for at least the next 15 years,” Smith said.

“These projects have been safely delivered under COVIDSafe settings, demonstrating the concerted efforts of staff and contractors.”

Increased treatment capacity

The Grant Street Sewer Pump Station has received a $6.7 million upgrade to increase the station’s capacity, enabling additional sewage to be received and pumped to the Bacchus Marsh Recycled Water Plant for treatment and recycling.

The works also included the construction of a new $9.2 million sewer pipeline from Peelmans Lane to the Bacchus Marsh Recycled Water Plant. The eight kilometre-long pipeline will help with the management of sewage flows throughout the town.

Works were also completed last year on a new $3.4 million duplicate sewer pipeline from Holts Lane to the Avenue of Honour, with the 2.5 kilometre pipeline set to meet the increased demand for essential sewer services in the area.

The utility has also constructed two new water pipelines — an 800-metre water main from Griffith Street to East Maddingley Road and a 770-metre water main from Franklin Street west to Barry Street.

The $1.7 million pipeline investment will boost water pressure to businesses in the rapidly growing Parwan area.

“Greater Western Water thanks the community for their patience and understanding during construction,” Smith said.