Sewer works in your area from April 2022 


You might not notice a lot of the work we do because most of it is beneath your feet. Every day, we’re maintaining and upgrading the pipes and pumps that keep the sewage network flowing.

With some upcoming works in South Melbourne, you might see us or our contractor Fulton Hogan Delplant Beca Joint Venture (FHDB) around. Here’s what to expect while we get the job done.

What we're doing

The project will increase the capacity of the sewer network to cater for population growth in the area and future proof the sewerage system.

These works will involve the construction of a new sewer and manholes along Stead Street and Palmerston Crescent (both sides of Kings Way). Some works will intersect with Kings Way Service Road and Albert Road.

When it's happening

After completing investigative works and finalising our design, we’ll commence construction from late September 2022 until early 2024 (weather permitting).

You can expect us to work Monday to Friday between 7 am and 5.30 pm with Saturday works occurring from 8 am to 3 pm.  On the odd occasion, we might need to work at other times for safety, technical or permit reasons.

Sewerage connection night works at the corner of Kings Way and Palmerston Crescent (south) will be undertaken during the period Wednesday 21 February to Wednesday 28 February for around two nights (weather permitting). Working hours will occur between 9 pm and 7 am. 

We apologise for any disruption and we'll try to complete these essential works as quickly as possible.

Any works undertaken on Albert Road or Kings Way Service Road will be done as per Department of Transport and Planning time frame approvals. 

We've encountered delays due to technical reasons and project completion is now anticipated for early 2024.

What might impact you

We’ll do our best to keep impacts to a minimum, however these are the kinds of things you might notice while we work:

  • Periods of noise when heavy machinery are in operation, including reversing beepers, pumps, and road sawing.
  • Restricted parking at times on Stead Street and Palmerston Crescent.
  • Heavy machinery accessing the area.
  • Lights when we work at night.
  • Traffic impacts and traffic management on Stead Street, Palmerston Crescent, Albert Road and Kings Way.
  • Temporary safety barriers, fencing and signage for your safety.
  • Extra lights associated with construction vehicles and personnel.
  • During sewer connection works, you may notice an odour due to the exposed sewer.

Traffic management will be present on Stead Street, Palmerston Crescent, Albert Road and Kings Way. There will be some road closures and detours, and we will do our best to minimise traffic delays.

Access to Kings Way Service Road will be restricted to local vehicles only during the works. 

Various services are being relocated during these works, including drainage, gas and water. While not planned, we will notify you ahead of time in the unlikely event services to your property need to be disrupted.  

Want to know more? Watch our video 'What you might hear and see' below.

Don't miss these details

We’re working with FHDB to help us.

FHDB will have a temporary site compound for the duration of the works.

You shouldn’t notice any change to your water or sewer services while we work. When we’ve finished the job, we’ll leave things how we found them and make sure we return any areas we’ve impacted as close as possible to their original condition.

For more information on the South Melbourne Sewerage Capacity project please click the button below.

South Melbourne Sewerage Capacity

Where we will be working

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What you might hear and see

Frequently Asked Questions

We manage a proactive infrastructure program which involves replacing, maintaining and upgrading the existing water and sewerage infrastructure above and below the ground, so you can always rely on us when you need a drink, a bath, to wash the clothes or dishes and every time you flush or send water down the drain.


Fulton Hogan Delplant Beca Joint Venture will undertake these works on behalf of South East Water.

No. If you experience any disruption to your water or sewerage services please call our 24/7  Faults and Emergencies team on 13 28 12.

During these works we may need to block your driveway access. If this is necessary, we will notify you in peron and where possible, provide at least 24 hours' notice so that alternative parking arrangements can be made.

To safely undertake these works, traffic conditions may change so please take care when travelling around the construction sites. 

When we’ve finished the job, we’ll leave things how we found them and return any areas we’ve impacted as close as possible to their original condition.

There is no cost to the property owner for these works. 


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South Melbourne Sewerage Capacity Upgrade 

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South Melbourne Sewerage Capacity Upgrade
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