South East Water continues to deliver for Bentleigh customers this month with essential sewerage capacity upgrade works in the area reaching a major milestone.

The Elster Creek Sewerage Capacity Upgrade Project began with works in Higgins Road in October 2022, a phase that’s now close to completion. Works affecting Wood Street and Higgins Road are also near completion.

The upgrade involves building a new relief sewer, increasing the capacity of the network, while also reducing the likelihood of surcharges and spills during wet weather events, so customers can continue to have safe and reliable wastewater services every day and night.

South East Water General Manager, Liveable Water Solutions, Charlie Littlefair said the project played a big part in increasing the capacity of the network to support the region’s growing population for the next 50 years. 

“This upgrade ensures customers can rely on our network now and into the future to safely take away their wastewater.
“We’re working with the local community and businesses to ensure these works have a minimal impact on customers, community and the environment. We thank nearby residents for their patience during these works”.
South East Water General Manager Liveable Water Solutions, Charlie Littlefair

South East Water began works on 7 June. Works will continue, Monday to Friday, until late 2023. The community will see and hear works on:

·         Ellen Street

·         Malane Street

·         Charles Street

·         Daphne Street

·         Laurel Street.

Working hours will be Monday to Friday between 7 am and 5 pm and on Saturday between 8 am and 3.30 pm. People who live, work or play in the area who usually use these streets to travel between Tucker Road and Boundary Road will need to use the major roads and intersections instead while works are underway.
In particular, South East Water will close these streets in stages, which will affect access to some community spaces.

South East Water recommends those who are travelling to Buckets Early Learning Centre, McKinnon Reserve or St Paul’s Football and Netball Clubs to travel via Centre or McKinnon roads instead.

The project is being delivered by Zinfra, Jaydo, WSP (ZJW) Joint Venture partners as part of South East Water’s proactive infrastructure program.

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