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.

Sewer Manhole Cover Upgrade


Melbourne Water will upgrade nine sewer manhole covers across the sewer network so it can continue to provide Melbournians with a safe and reliable sewerage service now and into the future. 

About the Project

Melbourne Water has recently developed new CCTV camera technology to help assess the condition of the underground sewer network. This technology means that longer range inspections can be conducted on Melbourne’s sewer network. To enable Melbourne Water to use the new camera technology,  nine sewer manhole covers will need upgrading- five of these will be in the west of Melbourne and four in the South East. 

Manholes are above ground concrete access points which allow Melbourne Water personnel to enter the sewerage system and conduct maintenance and condition monitoring of the sewer network.

The project will involve:

  • Removing and disposing of the old manhole covers.

  • Making adjustments to the existing manhole opening to ensure the new lid fits correctly.

  • Casting the new concrete manhole lid on site and positioning it into place with a crane once cured.

  • Install and compact crushed rock around the manhole lid to ensure the natural surface is flush with its surrounding.

  • Site clean-up and reinstatement work to the existing condition prior to construction.

What to expect

Aqua Metro Services on behalf of Melbourne Water will complete these works. While every effort is made to minimise disruption to the community, during works you may notice: 

  • General construction noise.
  • Some odour when the manhole lid is opened.
  • Changed traffic conditions on some roads, traffic management will be in place to safely guide motorists through the area.
  • Pedestrian management along pedestrian trails as we move our machinery across paths.


Works will commence in the west of Melbourne in June and finish in the south east of Melbourne by November 2022. Each manhole cover upgrade will take two weeks to complete, weather permitting. 

Work hours will be between 7am and 5pm each day. Please note your sewerage services will not be interrupted as part of these works. 

Contact us

The Project Team will communicate with residents throughout works via letters and phone calls. For more information about this project please call 1800 960 977 or email [email protected].


Last updated:
14 October 2022