Monday, June 18, 2012

New Melbourne main sewer commissioned

The new Melbourne Main Sewer was formally commissioned today. I confirmed that means it is now fully operational. All that remains to be done is re-instatement works on the Railway Reserves and at Swallow St. The completion of the sewer triples the capacity of the 110 year old sewer it replaced. It is anticipated that it will serve our side of the city's growth for the next hundred years. As well as acknowledging the many people who brought this complex project to a successful completion, lets acknowledge the courageous and skilled workers who built the original sewer and tunnel under the Yarra River that served us from the 1890s to now. There are some great photographs here from the State Library's collection of that 'sub-aqueous tunnelling'.

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