Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Maintaining the stormwater drains

Every three months Thiess, for Melbourne Water, clears sediment from the massive stormwater drains that run under Esplanade West to protect the massive pumps housed in this building. The pumps give stormwater a boost to discharge it into the bay at the drain outfall on the beach between Lagoon Pier and the Port Melbourne Yacht Club. The pumps protect this area from flooding after heavy rain.

The pumphouse, built in 1891, sits on the western edge of the former Sandridge Lagoon.

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