Anglesea sewer pipeline drilling underway

Media release issued 21 November 2011.

Construction of a new sewerage pipeline beneath the Anglesea River is underway.

A drilling rig has been set up in Coogoorah Park, on the west side of the river, and is being used to tunnel 12.5m below the deepest point of the river.

Barwon Water's General Manager of Capital Projects Paul Northey said work was progressing well, with the pipeline expected to be pulled through the tunnel shortly.

"Meanwhile, 12m lengths of pipe are being laid out on the east side of the river along Bingley Parade and will be welded together to form one continuous 330m pipe," Mr Northey said.

"Once the bore has been completed, the pipe will be attached to the drill and pulled under the river."

Mr Northey said the new pipe would then be connected to the existing sewerage system.

"We aim to complete the project before Christmas to ensure the infrastructure is operating for the peak holiday season," he said.

"We are certainly on track to meet this deadline."

Rigorous environmental controls are in place to ensure minimal impact on the river and Coogoorah Park.

The pipeline is replacing a damaged sewer main discovered leaking in August.

The pipeline will transfer recycled water from Aireys Inlet and sewage from west Anglesea to the nearby water reclamation plant.

More information on this project is located on our website.