Melbourne Water is planning renewal works on the M41 water main. The water main is almost 100 years old and is at high risk of failure in the near future, and therefore needs to be replaced.

What’s involved

The M41 existing alignment of the water main travels from Merri Creek, Northcote to 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.

From December 2016 onwards you may see workers undertaking site investigation works along the alignment. If there are any noisy investigation works being undertaken, affected residents shall be informed prior to works.

It is expected that construction on the water main will begin in mid to late 2017 and will take approximately 12 to 18 months to construct.

Working with our stakeholders

Melbourne Water will be working with all stakeholders involved in this project, including residents, local business, VicRoads, City West Water, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra in the lead-up to construction.

Melbourne Water is committed to minimising the impacts of construction on local residents and businesses, and will incorporate feedback from the community on the project as part of our planning process.

Information sessions, community bulletins and meetings with residents and traders will be held in order to gather this feedback. We are currently requesting feedback from the local community about what is important to them in the area. Please use the map below to pin your feedback.

Edinburgh Gardens

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 avoid this area, 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 on our website.

You can provide feedback to us at any time. The social pinpoint tool remains active and we are happy to hear from you via 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 plan

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.
Please show us what is important to you in the area and what you would like to see in the future

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.