Melbourne Water is planning renewal works on the M41 water main. The water main is almost 100 years old and needs to be replaced so that we can continue to efficiently supply the inner suburbs with drinking water.

What’s involved?

The existing alignment of the M41 water main travels from Merri Creek, Northcote, through Edinburgh Gardens, under Queens and Alexandra Parades through to George Street, Fitzroy. The route follows George Street to Victoria Parade, and then runs through the Fitzroy Gardens to Wellington Parade.

It is expected that construction on the water main will begin in late 2017 and will take approximately 18 months to two years to construct.

Working with our stakeholders

Melbourne Water has been working with stakeholders involved in this project, including local business, VicRoads, City West Water, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra in planning phase of this project.

Community engagement

In addition to consulting with key stakeholders while developing the alignment for the new water main, we have been incorporating community feedback into the design, along with other social and environmental considerations, technical requirements and project costs. The complexity of other factors, such as other underground services means that we have not provided the community with an opportunity to choose the alignment.

Community information sessions will provide a forum for discussion and feedback about our preferred alignment. The sessions will be held on:

Thursday 10 August 2017

4pm to 8pm

Fitzroy Town Hall

Saturday 12 August 2017

11am to 3pm

Bargoonga Nganjin

North Fitzroy Library

We have also delivered a community bulletin and will meet residents and traders to gather further feedback on our preferred alignment. This next phase of feedback will help to inform the detailed design which will be developed once the contractor to complete the works has been appointed.

Edinburgh Gardens

Community feedback so far has included sensitivity around working through Edinburgh Gardens, in particular mature trees in the park.

We know Edinburgh Gardens and trees, particularly elm trees, are important in our community and we’re not planning to remove historic elm trees in Edinburgh Gardens.

The M41 water main is almost 100 years old and must be replaced. The existing water main runs through Edinburgh Gardens.

We are planning an alignment for the replacement main that will minimise impacts to the park and avoid removal of mature trees. We are working with Council to develop the alignment and thank the community for feedback received.

You can provide feedback to us at any time. The social pinpoint tool remains active and you can also telephone 1800 316 713 or email

Once a final alignment incorporating feedback has been determined we will provide more information and an opportunity to meet with us face to face.

M41 reinstatement

We want to hear from the community about what they want to see in the area after construction. With the map below, please provide an insight about what is important to you within the local area and where you would like to see improvements in the future. We will be working with the community and local key stakeholders to consider all options when reinstating the area after construction.

____existing M41 water main

Please show us what is important to you in the area and what you would like to see in the future. NOTE: the map shows the location of the existing water main - not the alignment for the new water main.

Community engagement

This applies to areas:Fitzroy North, Fitzroy and East Melbourne.

Please note:

It is not expected that water supply to households will be interrupted as part of the M41 construction works.

Why this project is important

Once complete, the project will enable Melbourne Water to:

  • reduce water losses and disruption to supply from leaks
  • increase capacity within the supply network
  • continue to supply high quality, safe and reliable drinking water.

This project contributes to Melbourne Water’s strategic vision of ‘Enhancing Life and Liveability’ in the greater Melbourne region.