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We are pleased to announce that works on the M41 Water Main Renewal Project are now complete. The project involved replacing a 4.7 kilometre section of the century-old water main to continue supplying high-quality drinking water to over 350,000 Melburnians.

The M41 water main runs from Merri Creek, Northcote to Wellington Parade in East Melbourne and is a vital part of Melbourne’s water supply
infrastructure to the inner suburbs. Works began in 2018, with the last pipe installed in Albert Street, East Melbourne in late August 2019.

Why this project was important

Construction in narrow residential street
The water main ran along the narrow residential streets of Melbourne's inner suburbs.

The project has achieved the following:

  • reduced water losses and disruption to supply from leaks
  • increased capacity within the supply network
  • ensured a reliable supply of safe and high-quality drinking water.

The work involved digging a large trench to fit the 1200mm water main into the narrow residential streets of North Fitzroy, Fitzroy and busy streets in East Melbourne – including crossing Queens, Alexandra, Victoria and Wellington Parades, as well as Johnston and Gertrude Streets.

We could not have done this important upgrade without working closely with local residents, businesses and stakeholders such as VicRoads, City of Melbourne, City of Yarra and City West Water to ensure an inclusive approach throughout the process. We thank those affected for their patience during disruptions while we worked to improve Melbourne's water supply reliability and community liveability.

Watch the following videos to learn more about this project, or view the final community bulletin:

Last updated:
25 February 2020