As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Melbourne Water is undertaking water main upgrade works in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. These upgrade works will ensure that additional water can be transferred between Silvan and Greenvale reservoirs to accommodate for the area’s future growth and ensure the community continues to be provided with a reliable and secure water supply.

About the project

The works will involve:
•    modifying five existing air valve sites at different locations on Somerton Road between Greenvale and Somerton  
•    installing two new surge vessels (water storage tanks) at the intersection of Sydney Rd and Cooper Street Service Road. 

Why is this project needed?

This project will complement works to repurpose the Preston Pumping Station so that it can act as a transfer system for delivering additional water from Silvan to Greenvale reservoirs to accommodate for the area’s future growth.


Construction is underway and will be completed by mid 2022. 

Residents and businesses adjacent to each work site location will be advised of the specific timing of construction as the work program develops.

What to expect during construction 

Whilst we will make every effort to ensure inconveniences are kept to a minimum, there will be some localised impacts: 

•    At each work site, there may be noise from trucks and other vehicles, reversing beepers, machinery and other equipment during construction.
•    There will be lane closures on Somerton Road at various stages to safely work near traffic. 
There will be no impacts or interruptions to your water or sewerage services while we undertake the works. 

Contact the project team


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Last updated:
2 June 2022