Council commissions $5.3 million pipeline to strengthen suburban water security

Date published: 3 May 2022

Townsville City Council is enhancing suburban water security through the commissioning of a new $5.3 million pipeline connecting the Douglas Water Treatment Plant to Condon under the Ross River.

Local business CivilPlus completed the works to design and install the pipeline, which included drilling under the Ross River to install approx. 360m of 900mm diameter pipe.

Mayor Jenny Hill said Council was committed to ensuring all of Townsville continued to have a safe, reliable, secure and healthy water supply now and into the future.

“Council has prioritised our investment in critical infrastructure and services, continuing our strong focus on the city’s water security,” Cr Hill said.

“This $5.3 million investment will secure Rasmussen and Condon’s water supply for decades to come and support future development of the city.”

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said the replacement of the water pipeline would enhance Council’s ability to service the growing suburbs in the area.

“This pipeline was initially damaged beyond repair by the monsoon in 2019, however Council staff were able to isolate it and continue servicing Rasmussen and Condon thanks to our extensive water network,” Cr Cook said.

“This meant we were able to prioritise funding and resources for repair works at the time. With the ongoing growth of the city and these suburbs, Council allocated funding in this year’s budget to replace the pipeline, ensuring our capability to provide services to the community matches the demand.”

Cr Cook said it was great to see locals benefiting from big contracts throughout the city.

“The works, completed by CivilPlus Constructions, supported about 12 jobs throughout the project’s duration,” Cr Cook said.

“By using local businesses as much as possible we are able to provide an economic boost to the community and help grow the capacity of the businesses while enhancing our water security.”

Visit the Ross River Dam to Douglas Water Treatment Plant Pipeline Duplication project page for more information.