Sewer works in your area starting 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, with some works intersecting with Kings Way Service Road and Albert Road. We'll begin with investigative work to identify where other utilities are located before finalising our design of the new sewer pipes.

We’re working with FHDB to help us.

When it's happening

We’re planning to start service proving work from Tuesday 19 April until late May. We'll then return to start constructing the new sewer pipes. It should take around 12 months to complete (depending on the weather).

You can expect us to work Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. On the odd occasion, we might need to work at other times for safety or technical reasons.

Any works undertaken on Albert Road or Kings Way Service Road will be done as per Department of Transport time frame approvals. This may include night works. However, we will keep you informed.


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.
  • 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.

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. 

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

Don't miss these details

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 visit

During the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) we have changed our engagement practice to ensure our crews can maintain physical distancing. Our COVID-19 update letter can be found below.

Where we will be working

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Work Area

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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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Seaford VIC 3198

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