Haughton Pipeline Duplication

Project Overview

The Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project (HPDP) involves constructing a new, larger water pipeline to duplicate the current infrastructure to source water from the Burdekin River to the Ross River Dam.

A Queensland Government funded water security initiative for Townsville, the pipeline will continue to back-up to the Ross River Dam water catchment. When complete, the HPDP will provide greater capacity to provide raw water into the Ross River Dam to augment or “top up” water levels during periods of very low rainfall.

Construction of the 36.5km, 1.8m diameter Stage 1 pipeline is in its final stage and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the 2019-2020 FY. $100m of the project budget has been spent locally, with around 200 businesses involved and 1,000 people inducted to work onsite during the Stage 1 works.

In February 2020, Council engaged local company NQ Excavation to undertake Stage 1.1 works in preparation of Stage 2. These works will see the pipeline extended a further 330 metres across the Haughton River.

In addition, preparatory works to connect to Stage 2 involving installation of approximately 3.8km of pipeline will to be undertaken this year. The Stage 1.1 works have commenced and are expected to be complete by December 2020.

The Australian Government has committed to fund Stage two of the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project, which would extend the pipeline to Clare, allowing water to be pumped directly from the Burdekin River.

Council understands that negotiations between the Australian and Queensland governments on the funding package are ongoing. Council stands ready to commence work on Stage 2 as soon as negotiations are finalised.

Stage 1 of 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