Haughton Pipeline Duplication

Project Overview

The Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project (HPDP) involves the duplication of a fully functioning and sustainable 36.5km pipeline from the Haughton Pump Station to the Ross River Dam.

A backup to the Ross River Dam, the HPDP will provide a bulk raw water supply link to the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme. The pipeline is capable of pumping raw water into the Ross River Dam to augment or “top up” water levels during periods of very low rainfall.

Construction of the HPDP is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

In January 2018, Premise, GHD and SMEC were awarded contracts for Project Management, Design and Owners Engineer roles respectively and are working in conjunction with Townsville City Council to deliver the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project (HPDP) Stage 1 by March 2020.

In April 2018, Iplex was awarded the tender for the supply of 36.5km of 1.8m-diameter pipe that will provide up to 234 megalitres of water per day into the Ross Dam – allowing more water to be pumped more efficiently than the existing 1.2m diameter pipeline. This appointment will create more than 50 new direct and indirect jobs in advanced manufacturing for Townsville.

Local firm Mendi was awarded the first stage of civil works in July 2018, this package of work includes site preparation along the pipeline route, ensuring access to the work areas and removing vegetation, creating up to 50 direct and indirect jobs.

The pipeline is funded by the Queensland Government, which provided $225 million to Townsville City Council to improve water security in Townsville – including $10 million for water education programs.


As part of Council’s commitment to maximising opportunities for local businesses to participate in the project, between November 2017 and May 2018, three community consultation sessions were held to engage local contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers and encourage engagement with the 3-point water security solution.

Any queries relating to water access should be directed to Townsville Water directly via enquiries@townsville.qld.gov.au