Melbourne Water contractors WOOD will be replacing three ageing vent line conduits within the Richmond Main Sewer along Burnley Street, Richmond. 

About the Project

Recent CCTV inspections of the Richmond Main Sewer indicated that three vent line conduits have reached the end of their service life and need to be replaced. 

Vent line conduits are underground pipes that connect the sewerage system to above ground vent stacks. Vent stacks play a critical role in our sewerage system and provide ventilation to the sewer helping minimise corrosion.  


The location of the three vent lines to be replaced are: 

  • Corner of West Street and Burney Street, Burnley 
  • Corner of Manton Street and Burnley Street, Richmond
  • Corner of Boland Street and Burnley Street, Richmond


Works are planned to start on Monday 10 January 2022 and will take three weeks to complete, weather permitting. Work hours will be between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday. This is a moving work front, meaning that our contractors won't be working in all three locations at once. Works will start at West Street and finish at Boland Street. 

How will this impact me?

To ensure we complete this work safely, partial lane closures will be in place at the above locations as excavation work is needed to install the new vent line conduits. A non-destructive digging methodology (NDD) will be used for this work and traffic management will be in place to safely guide motorists, pedestrians and cyclists around the work site. Please note that roads will be re-opened at the end of each working day.

We will make every effort to minimise impact to community and local businesses however during works you may notice: 

  • Noise
  • Dust
  • Altered traffic conditions, including partial lane closures 
  • Some odour as we conduct work, we will have covers in place to help minimise this. 

Please note your sewerage services will not be interrupted as part of this work.  

Contact Us 

We will communicate with residents and businesses through door knocks, letters and phone calls. For more information about the project please call 131 722. 

Last updated:
8 March 2022