Council will write to the Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, advocating on behalf of residents of McCarthy Road, Monbulk, for upgrading their current trunkline water services to a proper mains supply.
Community members on McCarthy Road have been experiencing disruption to water supply for seven weeks, following the 9 June storms.
Yarra Valley Water and Council have coordinated efforts to help impacted residents: temporary water tanks have been provided by YVW and Council contractors are removing fallen trees to give YVW access to the supply lines.
However, these properties are not serviced by proper water mains, instead have a shared private extension of the water main, known as a trunkline service.
Residents believe this service was installed over 60 years ago and are a small diameter galvanised pipe, leading to poor performing and unreliable service.
Supply of drinking water is an essential service, and loss of reliable water from the storms is a critical issue.
Council will write to YVW to ask that a proper water supply be established to service the community members on McCarthy Road.
This matter was raised as an urgent item because upcoming remedial works on the trunkline could otherwise be redirected to this longer-term solution.