Townsville City Council has released three new tenders for its $45 million project to duplicate the pipeline between the Ross River Dam and the Douglas Water Treatment plant.

The tenders released are:

Construction and commissioning of the duplicate pipeline should be completed by the end of next year.

Mayor Jenny Hill said using local contractors, suppliers and consultants as much as possible was council’s goal.

“Council has broken the construction of the pipeline into two smaller packages of work, which will give smaller, local companies an opportunity to participate and grow,” Cr Hill said.

“We used the same approach with the first stage of the Haughton Pipeline project and the local companies engaged delivered the project on-time and on-budget and I know they can do it again.

“By using locals as much as possible, we can ensure projects like this provide an economic boost to the community, grow the capacity of the companies as well as enhanced water security.”

Currently, around 85 percent of Townsville’s water supply is derived from the 9km 1,220mm-diameter concrete pipeline between the dam and the treatment plant.

The existing pipeline runs adjacent to Riverway Drive and crosses Ross River just prior to the treatment plant. It experienced an unexpected failure in December 2020, resulting in a temporary disruption to water supply.

The duplicate pipeline will cross Ross River closer to the dam and run parallel to the river through the Department of Defence’s Mount Stuart Training Area before connecting to the Douglas Water Treatment Plant.

“Council will invest $177 million in water infrastructure and services this financial year,” Cr Hill said.

“The duplication of this pipeline will provide redundancy to the existing pipeline thereby enhancing Townsville’s water security.”

Companies interested in lodging a tender should visit the council’s tenders webpage.