Melbourne Water is constructing the Holden Reservoir pipeline to supply residents and businesses in Melbourne’s developing outer-west region with a reliable and safe water supply. This project is one of the ways we’re delivering on our commitment to providing Melburnians with world-class water infrastructure.
Why this project is important
This project is the first phase of a three-part overarching program of works. In the future, we will be constructing a new reservoir on vacant land on the north side of Melton Highway called the Holden Reservoir. This new pipeline will feed water into the reservoir from the Greenvale–Sydenham water transfer system. Finally, an outlet pipeline will be built.
What’s happening and when
As of February 2021, we have finished building the pipeline but we will be back in May 2021 to complete commissioning works.
The new Holden Reservoir pipeline will be approximately four kilometres long and will travel along the centre road reserve of Melton Highway, westbound from Antionetta Way in Hillside and across to the north side of Sanctuary Road. See map below for pipeline location.
- Complete - site investigation
- Mid-2019 - site mobilisation
- Mid-2019 - construction will commence and will take approximately 10 months to complete. Works will take place between Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 7am to 6pm. We will notify you in advance if any works take place outside of these hours.
- End of 2020 - complete pipeline alignment works and demobilise
- Mid-2021 - tie pipeline into water system and commissioning
Significant planning has gone into developing a pipeline alignment which meets water supply demands while reducing the environmental and community impacts. However, some construction impacts are unavoidable and will be managed by the project team in conjunction with Melton City Council, Brimbank City Council, VicRoads, local businesses and the local community.
There will be changes to traffic conditions when we need to install the pipeline across the Melton Highway and intersecting roads.
The new pipeline will cross four intersections along Melton Highway, including:
- Banchory Avenue
- Gourlay Road
- Royal Crescent
- Sanctuary Road
Crossing these intersections will involve road closures. We will schedule these works to take place during off-peak periods, where possible. We will provide further written notification and erect signage in advance of any road closures or out of hours works.
Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained throughout construction.
Tree removal and offset planting
Melbourne Water has made every effort to reduce the number of trees that need to be removed as a result of the construction works. Unfortunately, some trees and vegetation will be removed in the centre and northern reserves of the Melton Highway. We are working closely with Melton City Council to develop an offset planting scheme specific to the area.
In the future, we will be constructing a new reservoir on vacant land on the north side of Melton Highway called the Holden Reservoir. This new pipeline will feed water into the reservoir from the Greenvale–Sydenham water transfer system.
The actual ‘Holden Reservoir’ referred to will likely be two large tanks. This isn’t a reservoir in the sense of a large body of water or dam, but instead water holding tanks. These are not planned for development for several years.
The name ‘Holden’ was first mentioned in Melbourne Water documents from 1985. The proposed reservoir location is close to Holden Road that delineates the suburbs of Plumpton and Diggers Rest.
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