Site investigative works in your area starting August 2021 


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 and Southbank, 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

These works are to investigate ground conditions for a future upgrade to our sewer pipes in the South Melbourne and Southbank areas.

We’re working with FHDB to help us.

When it's happening

We’re planning to start investigative works in early August until late October 2021, depending on the weather. 

You can expect us to work Monday to Friday between 6am and 6pm. On the odd occasion, we might need to work at other times for safety or technical reasons.

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:

  • More trucks on the streets around you.
  • Less car parks on some streets.
  • Noise from machinery, like beepers when trucks reverse.
  • A change in normal traffic flow around each work site (please refer to map below).
  • Our traffic management team will be around to make sure people, bikes and cars can move around safely.

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

Don't miss these details

Works at each location on the map below will take approximately one day. These investigative works will help form the final design and alignment of the future upgrade.

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.

Works on this sewer upgrade will be undertaken in stages with stage 1 anticipated to commence in 2022. 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

Source: MetroMap

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Proposed future alignment

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Investigative locations

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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