A NEW $1 million water feeder main to supply drinking water to Warrnambool’s new North of the Merri River residential zone has been constructed.
The two-kilometre pipeline extends from Jamieson Street near AquaZone to Wollaston Road via Botanic Road and Bromfield Street.
Wannon Water managing director Grant Green said the water main complemented a sewer main and pump station constructed last year to the subdivision.
“Eventually 1600 new houses will be built in this area and the new water and sewerage infrastructure will service this growth in Warrnambool’s north,” he said.
The water feeder main was constructed by local contractor Cri-tech Plumbing using a horizontal boring technique where it is possible to lay pipes underneath road crossings to minimise inconvenience for road users.
“Construction works were completed without any interruption to customers’ water supplies,” Mr Green said.
Entry roads for the first subdivision in the new zone have been constructed and further expansion will depend on sales take-up and developers.
A new main road bridge over the Merri off Bromfield Street is in long-term plans, but city council infrastructure director Peter Robertson said timing of that project would depend on population growth.
“Further growth and demand for a bridge is required before we would launch into the project — other projects have priority at the moment,” he said.