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Browns Reserve Drainage Pump Station Upgrade


Melbourne Water is undertaking work to upgrade the Browns Reserve Drainage Pump Station. Work is due for completion in mid-2020.

Map of Browns Reserve catchment, which includes the area from Aspendale to Chelsea
Browns Reserve catchment map

The Browns Reserve Pump Station mitigates flooding in the Aspendale and Edithvale areas by pumping rainwater downstream to the Mordialloc Creek.

The project will improve pump station's overall reliability by providing automated, high-capacity water pumping during rain events as well as emergency backup power if a mains power outage occurs.

What's involved

The project involves:

  • Installation of new automated pumps (four large and two smaller pumps)
  • Temporary changes to the shared use path around the reserve
  • Installation of a generator to provide backup power if required during power outages.


Map of work area, showing path closure along Mordialloc Creek and work area north of Edithvale Wetlands. Vehicle access point is off Wells Road.
Project work area: most works are being undertaken within the pump station.

Most of the works are being undertaken within the confines of the pump station walls, with two temporary bypass pumps installed next to the pump station.

The access track is closed to the public as there is no way to pass the construction area.

What to expect


While replacing the old pumps we have set up two temporary bypass pumps outside of the pump station. These pumps will turn on periodically when water reaches a certain level. Once two of the larger pumps have been installed the use of the temporary pumps will diminish. Once all pumps have been installed the temporary pumps will be removed entirely. 

We have completed noise monitoring to ensure compliance with EPA guidelines, and further sound matts have been erected around the temporary bypass pumps to further reduce the noise level. The temporary bypass pumps are also regularly inspected to ensure they are running optimally and quietly. 

Closure of the walking path

For public safety we have closed the path that runs along the side of Mordialloc Creek near the pump station. Once the works have been completed the temporary fencing will be removed.

Increase in vehicle movements

You will notice an increase in vehicles using the walking path from Wells Road to the pump station. There may be times when the path is used for larger deliveries. There will be traffic management in place when this occurs.

Work hours

Works to upgrade the pump station will take place from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and some Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.

Your feedback

We value your feedback. If you wish to contact us with your comments or for more information relating to the project please contact:

 1800 319 555

 [email protected] 

For further information, please see the community bulletin:

Last updated:
11 May 2020