Haughton Pipeline Project

Townsville City Council is continuing to prepare for the start of work on Stage 2 of the Haughton pipeline. Design work for Stage 2 of the Haughton pipeline is investigating extending the existing pipeline from the Haughton River to the Burdekin River in the vicinity of Clare.

Project Overview

Stage 2 of the Haughton pipeline project is proceeding with tender processes underway that will see the existing pipeline extended from the Haughton River to the Burdekin River near Clare.

Funded by a $195 million contribution from the Queensland Government, the stage 2 work will involve construction around 28-30 kilometres of pipe as well as the construction of a new pump station and high voltage power supply infrastructure.

The Haughton pipeline project (HPP) proposes extending the new, larger 1800mm Stage 1 water pipeline to source water from the Burdekin River to the Ross River Dam.

A Queensland Government funded water security initiative for Townsville, the pipeline will support the city’s Ross River Dam water catchment. When complete, the HPP 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 stage 1 of the 36.5km, 1.8m-diameter pipeline is complete.

$100M of the stage 1 project budget has been spent locally, with around 200 businesses involved and 1,000 people inducted to work onsite.

Stage 1.1 works to extend the pipeline a further 330 metres across the Haughton River are complete, and the installation of approximately a further 3.8km of pipeline to connect from the Haughton River crossing is close to completion.

Stage 1 of the pipeline was 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.

The Queensland Government has contributed $225 million to improve water security in Townsville.


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