Sewer set for “˜once-in-a-lifetime’ revamp

A weathered sewer network underneath the cultured Carlton streets in Melbourne is ready for its upgrade of the century.

The 114-year-old Carlton Main sewer, which is steadily declining in health, services more than 15,000 households and businesses across Carlton, Brunswick and southern areas of Coburg.

The project will see the renewal of 1.35 km of the sewer between Pigdon and Princes streets in North Carlton.

The old sewer will be relined from the inside to minimise cost and disruption to the local community.

Melbourne Water Project Manager Jenny Carbery said the sewer upgrade was an essential part of providing important public health services to the city of Melbourne.

“The Carlton Main sewer is over 100 years old, and this upgrade will ensure we can continue to deliver reliable services to this part of Melbourne.”

The construction will start in Scotchmer Street in October 2014 and will take over 18 months to complete.

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