A project that will significantly improve Latrobe's capacity to manage wet weather flows is nearing completion ahead of schedule.
The Latrobe Sewer Network upgrade aims to reduce sewer spills during heavy rain events and further protect the health of our customers and the environment.
TasWater Project Manager Amanda Allen said there's been a lot of progress on site over the past six months.
"We have installed more than one-kilometre of sewerage pipeline, spanning across Thomas, Hamilton, Laura, Bradshaw, Fenton and Percival Streets in Latrobe," she said.
“This pipeline will transfer any sewage overflow in wet weather events.”
"We completed most of the pipeline works through the Latrobe Primary School oval before children went back to school after the summer holidays."
"We wanted to keep any interference to the community at a minimum.”
“In addition, 17 hybrid manholes have been installed which are the first of their kind in the state."
“They will help the team who services the Latrobe community by ensuring they can safely access, fix and monitor the sewage mains when required."
The final portion of the Latrobe Sewer Network upgrade is work on the Reibey Street Pump Station.
"'The pump station is the last piece of work for this project, once it is upgraded it will bring everything on-line," Mrs Allen said.
Once complete, the project will not only reduce any potential health risks to the community in the event of spills, but also decrease any risk of sewage exposure to residents.
“We appreciate the community's ongoing support and patience during the works; we've also enjoyed giving educational presentations to the students at the school about the project,” Mrs Allen said.
The Latrobe Sewer Network upgrade is on track for completion by the end of June 2021, which is one of the many projects being rolled out as part of TasWater's $1.8 billion, 10-year capital works program providing benefits to our customers.