In Melbourne, water is essential to our way of life. Clean, affordable water is readily available to our homes and businesses whenever we need it, via a network of underground water mains. Over time, these mains age and need replacing.

That’s why, at Melbourne Water, we are undertaking water main upgrade works across Melbourne’s eastern and southeastern suburbs. These upgrades will ensure we can continue to supply our customers and the wider community with a safe and reliable water supply today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

Current and Upcoming works:

Temporary bus stop closures

Due to works on High Street Road Mount Waverley, bus route 734 will not service the following bus stops until Friday 8 March 2024:

  • Lawrence Road/High Street Road (to Glen Iris) 
  • Lawrence Road/High Street Road (to Mount Waverley) 
  • Josephine Ave/High Street Road (to Mount Waverley)

After Friday 8 March 2024 the following bus stops will be closed and remain in place until further notice:

  • Inverell Ave/High Street Road (to Glen Iris)
  • Lawrence Road/High Street Road (to Mount Waverley) 
  • The temporary stop opposite 479 High Street Road (to Glen Iris)
  • The temporary stop in front of 475 High Street Road (to Glen Waverley)

Please note: the site will be monitored daily and the reduced 40km/h speed limit and lane closures within our work sites will remain in place to ensure the safety of all road users.

Safety barriers will remain in place to keep work site secure and road users safe.

Passengers may use the following stops:

  • Fleet Street/High Street Road (both directions)
  • Stewart Street/High Street Road (to Glen Iris)
  • Lawrence Road/High Street Road (to Glen Iris) from 12/02/2024
  •  Lawrence Road/High Street Road (to Glen Waverley) from 19/02/2024
  • The temporary stop opposite 479 High Street Road (to Glen Iris)
  • The temporary stop in front of 475 High Street Road (to Glen Waverley)
Monash City Council works

Monash City Council works on the Mount Waverley Playspace will be starting on Monday 26 February 2024.

Please find the link to the community engagement webpage available here Upgrade to Mount Waverley Reserve playspace | Shape Monash

Please find the link to the Mount Waverley Reserve Masterplan page here Mount Waverley Reserve Masterplan | Shape Monash

Lawrence Road intersection

The project will be working at the Lawrence Road intersection for up to 3 weeks.

There will be no right-hand turns, kindly observe speeds of 40km/hr.

Foot paths will remain open with detours and pedestrians are encouraged to utile crossings at Blackburn Road/High Street Road intersection and at Leeds Street.

Dates: Sunday 18 February - Friday 8 March 2024

Working hours: 7am - 5pm

Lawrence Road intersection
Night works - Baringa Street and Inverell Avenue, Mount Waverley

We will be conducting barrier movement around our work areas as the project progresses Eastwards.
There will be full road closure on High Street Road between Baringa Street and Inverell Avenue, Mount Waverley. 

When: Thursday 07 March and Friday 08 March 2024
Time: 10pm – 5am (overnight works on both dates)

Please refer to the notification below


Pedestrian Detour

Please use pedestrian crossings at Blackburn Road and Leeds Street to safely cross over High Street Road.




What is happening?

The Mount Waverley (M76) water main plays an important role in transferring water between Silvan Reservoir, Mitcham Reservoir and Mount View Reservoir. It was constructed in 1928, has been repaired and relined in the past, and is nearing the end of its service life.

That’s why at Melbourne Water we are replacing ageing water mains between the corner of High Street Road and Blackburn Road and Mount Waverley Reserve.

This work will ensure Melbourne Water can continue to supply our customers and the wider community with a safe and reliable water supply now and into the future.

Project map showing location of M76 water main to be renewed

Project timing


Late August/ Early September 2023

Investigation works


August 2023

Planning and approvals

Site office set up establishment


August 2023 - October 2023

Mt Waverley Reserve works


November 2023 - September 2024

Monash Council Redevelopment works at Mount Waverley Reserve taking place


November 2023 - July 2024

High St Road works

Not Started

May 2024 - September 2024

Fleet Street works

Not Started

October 2024

Mount Waverley reinstatement

Not Started

Late 2024

Project completion

What to expect

Whilst we will make every effort to ensure inconveniences are kept to a minimum, there will be some localised impacts:

Working hours

Most construction works will occur during standard construction hours between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm Saturdays.

Night works may be required where the pipeline crosses under roads to minimise traffic disruption. Residents and businesses will be advised if works are necessary outside these hours.

Noise and vibration

Some noise and vibration are expected during construction from trucks, machinery and reversing beepers. We will work closely with the appointed contractor to manage noise impacts as much as practicable.


Dust is to be expected throughout construction. The team will use water trucks to minimise this impact.

Impacts on local traffic and streets

To complete our works safely, there will be some changes to the traffic conditions. Approved traffic management contractors will be used to direct traffic, pedestrians and cyclists safely around our worksites. Local communities will be provided with more information about expected changes to traffic conditions, including the timing of planned activities, changes to traffic, access and parking conditions before starting work.

Temporary changes to parking

The parking spaces on Fleet Street will remain open throughout these works for local traffic including residents and visitors of the Waverley Community and Learning Center. Temporary disabled parking will be installed at this location. There will be no vehicle access within the work zone. There will be limited on-street parking available in the neighbouring streets for both residents and businesses.

No interruptions

There will be no interruption to your water supply during our works. If you experience any issues, contact your water retailer, Yarra Valley Water, on 13 27 62.

Vegetation removal and trimming

Will any trees around the reservoir be removed?

An arborist has assessed the trees surrounding Mount Waverley Reservoir and reported that they are coming to the end of their life.  Due to the risks of branches and limbs falling onto our neighbours or damaging the reservoir, the trees will be removed in stages.

The trees near the work area are being removed first as trenching and working beside trees can undermine their root systems, making them more unstable and unsafe.

The arborist assessment has also identified many of the Cypress trees are coming to the end of their life, addition to risks of branches and limbs falling onto neighbouring properties and further damaging the reservoir.

Melbourne Water has been developing a long-term management plan, which includes staged removal of trees and vegetation on site. In general, trees are required to be removed to facilitate renewal works, and alleviate damages to pipes from roots.

The current staging involves:

Stage 1

  • Vegetation removal required along the north-eastern boundary of the reservoir and along western boundary adjacent to Reserve access from Fleet Street
  • Trees along the alignment are to be removed as trenching and working alongside these trees can undermine their root systems, making them more unstable and unsafe.
  • These trees are required for removal for the additional reasons of their roots having caused damaged to the existing pipeline and reservoir walls. 

Stage 2

  • Will occur as part of a later project to strengthen the reservoir walls that have been damaged by the roots of boundary vegetation
  • The second stage of tree removal will occur in 2-3 years as part of a later project to strengthen the reservoir embankment.

  • Some additional trees along the alignment and within Mount Waverley Reserve will also be removed or trimmed.

Careful vegetation management is important for the following reasons:

  • The roots of trees and shrubs close to water mains can cause corrosion, blockages and damage, impacting water supply and reducing the service life of water main pipes.
  • Trenching and working beside trees can undermine their root systems, making them unhealthy, unstable and unsafe.
  • We will also prune some trees along High Street Road to reduce the possibility of damage from machinery during our works.
  • Melbourne Water takes tree removal seriously and seeks to avoid it where possible.

What steps have been taken to avoid tree removals?

 A thorough process was undertaken to minimise tree removal, including;

  • Adjusting the new water main location to avoid trees where possible
  • Design efficiencies that minimise the project's footprint, and
  • Use of construction methodologies aimed at minimising impacts to tree roots.
  • We have worked closely with an arborist and Monash Council
Are the trees identified for removal being replaced?

We recognise that trees are important for the community, and therefore, it is important for the project to consider offsetting or replacing some of the trees. We are working closely with Monash Council to develop a reinstatement strategy within Mount Waverley Reserve that complements the Mount Waverley Reserve Master Plan and benefits the community. Reinstatement works will occur at the end of the project in late 2024. Unfortunately, some trees will still need to be removed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Monash Council Works

Review the Monash Council Mount Waverley Reserve Masterplan.

Community bulletins

Keeping you informed

We will continue to keep our neighbours and the community informed about the water main renewal in Mount Waverley through notification letters, site signage and community information sessions to ensure you are informed of upcoming works. For more information about this project, please call the project team on:

  1800 931 106

  [email protected]

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