Centenary of the O'Shannassy Water Supply System - 1913 to 2013 - a Pictorial Heritage

1931 - Silvan Inlet Aqueduct

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1803 - Beginnings
1892 - Surrey Hills Reservoirs
1911 - Design and Construction
1911 - The O'Shannassy Weir
1914 - Maintenance and Operations
1923 - Bushfires, Landslips, and Floods
1924 - Modifications and Enlargements
1927 - Silvan Dam
1927 - Mt Evelyn Aqueduct
1928 - The O'Shannassy Reservoir
1929 - Upper Yarra Conduits
1931 - Silvan Inlet Aqueduct
1996 - Decommissioning
2006 - Pigging Project
2007 - O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Overview
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Parrot Rd to Don Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Don Road to Dee Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Dee Rd to Sussex St
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Sussex St to Yuonga Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Yuonga Rd to Donna Buang Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Donna Buang Rd to Cement Creek Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Cement Creek Rd to the Weir
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Corranderk Aqueduct at Badger Weir (2012)

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Corranderk Aqueduct - Launching Place (Melbourne Water pic) (2008)

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Corranderk Aqueduct at Badger Wdir (2012)

 
 
1931 - The Silvan Inlet Aqueduct
 
The Silvan Reservoir was commissioned in 1931, and is a holding dam.
 
When the Silvan Reservoir was opened, it received its water from the O'Shannassy Aqueduct, via a new diversionary aqueduct known as the Silvan Diversion Inlet Channel.

This was some 8 km of pipe and open channel, starting at Wandin North, then winding its way through the hills and valleys to Silvan.
 
When the O'Shannassy Aqueduct was abandoned in 1996, the Silvan Inlet Aqueduct Section was retained, as a secondary parallel aqueduct into the Silvan Reservoir.
 
The primary inlet is now via the Yarra Valley Conduit (built 1975) and the Yarra Silvan Conduit (built 1958).
 
This Inlet Aqueduct is still in use today, and the open channel sections may be seen at bridge crossings at Quayles Rd and Lewis Rd. It is fed from the Corranderk Aqueduct, in Launching Place. It transfers up to 8 ML/day of water into Silvan.
 
It is managed by Melbourne Water, and the original management track runs alongside the open channel sections. Public pedestrian or vehicle access to this track is not permitted, but entry gates at the corner of Channel Rd and Quayle Rd, and at Lewis Rd, allow walkers to enter the reserve, through dilapidated fences!
 
 
 
 

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Silvan Inlet Aqueduct - Quayle Rd - start of pipe (2013)

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Silvan Inlet Aqueduct - Quayle Rd bridge - start of pipe (2013)

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Silvan Inlet Aqueduct - near Quayle Rd (2013)

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Silvan Inlet Aqueduct - near Quayle Rd (2013)

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