Water tank will protect from floods

A two million litre water tank is being installed in Carlton to protect Elizabeth St from future flooding.

The $3 million tank is set to be installed in Lincoln Square, and is just one of many proposed actions the State Government and City of Melbourne are undertaking to reduce the flood risk in Elizabeth St from extreme to high.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Elizabeth St had been a major flooding site throughout Melbourne’s history, resulting in several fatalities and thousands of people being left homeless.

“By installing a two million litre tank at the top of the catchment we can reduce rainwater collecting around Flinders Street Station, which is one of the busiest areas in the central city,” Cr Doyle said.

New technology will allow the water to then be either purged or recycled to be used by the community.

“We will harvest this water to keep Carlton’s heritage squares lush and green during Melbourne’s long, hot summers,” the Lord Mayor continued.

Excavation works to install the tanks are currently underway and are expected to be completed this month.

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