Key project summary

  • We’re replacing an 800m section of ageing water main along Hawdon St in Shepparton, between Knight St and Balaclava Rd
  • The main was constructed in 1961 and has a recent history of failures
  • We’re carrying out main works during school holidays to minimise impacts
  • Work will be split into three phases, during September 2022, January and April 2023 school holidays
  • We’ll let customers know if their water supply will be affected

Most recent project update

15 September – first phase of works underway

Our contractors Veolia are currently on site, preparing for works to start on Monday as the first major phase of the Hawdon St water main replacement project begins.

Works will be carried out between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Some sections of the road will be closed, but two-way traffic will remain in place at all times. Motorists using Hawdon St should expect some delays, but we’ll work to minimise the impact on traffic as much as possible, and traffic management will be in place.

The majority of works are expected to be completed within the two-week school holiday period, but we may need to continue works into the first two weeks of October. If that’s the case, we’ll limit works between 9.30am and 2.30pm to avoid impact on school bus services.

In this stage of works, we’ll be installing a new 180mm diameter ‘rider’ water main alongside the existing main.

Two crews will be working simultaneously – one installing a 173m section near the Knight St intersection and one a 224m section near Rea St.

There will be no impact to customers’ water supply during this stage of the upgrade.

Businesses remain open during the upgrades.

Update - September 2

Works for the first phase will begin from September 14 along a section of Hawdon St between Knight and Rea Sts. The majority of the works are expected to be completed by early October as school resumes.

The second and third phases will occur in January and April.

Motorists using Hawdon St are encouraged to plan their journeys and allow extra travel time for potential short delays; traffic management will also be in place.

The replacement would improve service reliability after the existing water main experienced several failures in the past year and was now at the end of its useful life.

Hawdon St residents will be kept informed of key developments via SMS, along with updates on this webpage.

Businesses along Hawdon St will remain open during the works.

Update - June 23

Motorists may experience temporary delays along Shepparton’s Hawdon St next week as Goulburn Valley Water begins exploratory works for a future water main replacement project.

Small sections of the main will be drilled into along Hawdon St between Knight St and Balaclava Rd, to help understand the existing main’s condition and to determine the right replacement option.

Works will begin on Tuesday, 28 June and are expected to run for two to three days.

Crews will only be working on small sections of the road at a time to minimise the impact on road users and traffic management will be in place.

There will be no interruption to the water supply during these works.

About the project

Works are underway on a project to replace an 800m section of ageing water main along Shepparton's Hawdon Street, between Knight St and Balaclava Rd.

The current 375mm diameter main was constructed in 1961 and has recently experienced several bursts and leaks. These failures have caused considerable interruptions to customer water supplies and impacts to road users.

To minimise the impact on Hawdon St residents and road users we’ve split the works into three phases, with the majority of the construction works happening during school holidays. Our contractors will also work with multiple crews to reduce the construction time and we’ve timed the project during months where there’s less demand for water.

Construction works will be carried out as part of GVW's annual water main replacement program, designed to improve service reliability through proactive infrastructure upgrades, and repairs on infrastructure that has previously experienced a number of bursts or failures.

Investigation works were carried out in June/July 2022 to determine the best option to replace the main - this was determined as a new 180mm-diameter main installed alongside the existing main to supply residential customers.

The existing 375mm-diameter main will also be lined with a new HDPE insert, and will continue to supply other high-volume water users on the line.