5 February 2021

Shepparton’s largest sewer main is set to be replaced in coming months, with the current main responsible for transferring almost all of Shepparton’s wastewater, including from large scale food processors and manufacturers.

The new 3.4km Shepparton Outfall Replacement Rising Main is almost a metre in diameter and runs between a major sewer pump station on Wanganui Rd to the Shepparton Wastewater Management Facility on Daldy Rd.

Work on the $5.5M project will begin from this week, with the majority of construction works to be completed by the end of June.

The project will cross two roadways during construction in the coming months; Wanganui Road and Daldy Road. Roads will remain open via one lane throughout crossing works and traffic management will be in place to minimise disruption to motorists in the area.

GVW Managing Director Steve Capewell said this was a major project to help plan for the future growth of Shepparton.

“The new rising main will ensure we have the capacity to manage any increased flow levels resulting from increases from future housing developments or industrial growth,” Dr Capewell said.

“The current main has reached the end of its life according to condition assessments and constructing a new main now is critical considering the high volume it transfers on a daily basis.”

Project Engineer Tyson Coombes said the new pipeline would be constructed from a durable, glass-reinforced plastic pipes, which are designed to have a lifespan of up to 80 years.

“This pipe material is very well suited to large diameter pipelines, and has a high degree of chemical resistance, which is important when dealing with potentially corrosive industrial flows,” Mr Coombes said.


“We’ve also been able to plan a more direct pipeline route which will allow the project works to be completed sooner. GVW has made significant efforts to avoid impacting native vegetation along the new pipeline route, but has planned native vegetation offset credits if some trees along Wanganui Rd are required to be removed.

“The project will also use an existing, decommissioned Goulburn-Murray Water channel for construction adjacent to Wanganui Road, and we’ll be filling in the channel with excess material from the construction process.”

People can stay updated as the project progresses on GVW’s Facebook and Twitter pages.