Melbourne Water is planning to renew the last two kilometre section of the M102 water main between Paramount Road, West Footscray and Williamstown Road, Yarraville to secure a reliable water supply for the growing west.

Project update - February 2018

Early works starting

To prepare for construction of the new West Footscray to Yarraville Water Main (M102), minor site investigations will commence from early February. These early works are planned to take approximately four weeks to complete and will include:

  • locating underground services using non-destructive digging methods
  • drilling small holes to better understand existing ground conditions and groundwater levels
  • visual inspections and data gathering by specialist contractors and consultants

During these site investigations, existing services such as electricity, gas and telecommunications will be better identified to ensure we are able to protect them during main construction works.

This information will assist in our detailed planning and delivery of the project.

Melbourne Water has awarded John Holland-Kellogg Brown & Root Joint Venture (JH-KBR JV) to deliver the West Footscray to Yarraville Water Main (M102) Renewal Project. The JH-KBR JV project team has extensive experience in delivering major pipeline renewal projects for Melbourne Water, including the previous stages of the new 15km M102 Water Main from Essendon to West Footscray.

What's happening and when

Work to renew the M102 water main will involve:

  • constructing a new 900mm diameter water main through approximately two kilometres of local streets between Paramount Road, West Footscray and Williamstown Road, Yarraville
  • reinstating the area as close as possible to pre-construction condition
  • decommissioning the existing 80 year old M102 water main that runs under Somerville Road

Construction works are expected to start in early 2018 and will take approximately 12 months to complete, weather permitting.

map of West Footscray to Yarraville M102 water main renewal


Stage Estimated timing Description
Site investigations

Early 2017 to mid 2017

Locating underground services
Understanding ground conditions
Procurement Late 2017 Project is put to tender
Preferred construction partner chosen
Site mobilisation Early 2018 Set-up of site offices
Machinery and equipment delivered to site
Construction starts Early 2018 Early works begin followed by main construction activity
Construction complete Early 2019 Project completion
Final reinstatement of project and surrounding infrastructure

Impacts on local residents and visitors

Like any major project, there will be impacts associated with the renewal of the M102 water main. We are working closely with Maribyrnong City Council, VicRoads and the local community to manage these impacts.

Dig, Lay, Bury methodology and reinstatement will take place progressively as the pipes are installed. The work area will continuously move so that works will only be at any one location for a short period of time before moving on to the next section.

As the majority of works will take place in residential streets there will be some temporary changes to local traffic, parking and access. A traffic management plan will be prepared to manage these impacts, and we will notify residents and businesses in advance of the expected changes.

There will be some noise and dust associated with the construction works. We'll work closely with our appointed contractor to minimise these impacts, especially when working close to properties.

Why this project is important

The M102 water main has been in operation for over 80 years and is a critical part of Melbourne's water supply network, supplying the areas of Footscray, Altona and Werribee.

Recent inspections of the existing water main have revealed that the pipeline is at the end of its operational life and needs to be upgraded to meet Melbourne Water’s service standards. This will also secure a reliable water supply for the growing west.

To date, we have completed three separate projects to renew 13 kilometres of the 15 kilometre M102 pipeline. The West Footscray to Yarraville Water Main Renewal project will involve renewing the last two kilometres of this pipeline between Paramount Road, West Footscray and Williamstown Road, Yarraville.

Keeping you informed

We will keep local residents and businesses informed about the works through letters, newsletters, door knocks and web updates.

Your feedback

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this project, please get in touch.

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Last updated:
14 February 2018