The Pressure’s On – New Water Main Hits Town

Council is suggesting that residents of properties located in the area on the eastern side of Towers Hill and the Flinders Highway check their automatic watering systems and the times sprinklers are running as a new water main may mean added flows and more excess water costs.

Mayor Liz Schmidt turns on the valve for the new water main at the reservoir on Towers Hill, watched by Director of Utilities and Facilities Marnie Taylor, Councillor Alan Barr and members of Council’s utilities staff who worked on the project.

The new main has been turned on in the past few days and with greater quantities of water some residents may be consuming more water since the upgrade due to increase in pressure.

The new water distribution main will alleviate water pressure problems for parts of the town.

The $715,000 project was assisted by $536,235 in funding from round four of the Royalties for the Regions program, administered by the Queensland Department of State Development. Council contributed the remainder of the project cost.

Mayor Liz Schmidt says it’s a significant upgrade for the towns’ water supply infrastructure.

“Charters Towers has been expanding for a number of years but in some outlying areas, water pressure has been a problem for a long time.”

“Council staff have done an amazing job bringing this project to completion and I’m very thankful for all the hard work.”

water_tap_0The new water distribution main draws water from the steel reservoir on Towers Hill and supplies water to residences and businesses on the eastern side of Towers Hill and the Flinders Highway.

Construction involved a sophisticated under boring process under both the railway line and the highway.

Challenges associated with the under boring work resulted in some delays as technical difficulties were dealt with.

The delays resulted in additional costs to Council however the cost overrun has been less than 3 per cent of the total project cost and this will be funded from Council reserves.

Director of Council’s Utilities and Facilities, Marnie Taylor, has congratulated her staff for the completion of this major project.

“I’m very proud of the team who worked on bringing this pipeline project to a reality. It has been planned for a number of years.”

“This is a large water infrastructure project and the majority of the works were completed by Council staff with the exception of the under boring of the highway and railway line which was undertaken by a specialist contractor.”

And as for the boys who did the digging and the installation?

Council’s Water and Sewerage Urban Supervisor, Ross Laffey, says well done.

“The boys have done an outstanding job on this project and I’m also very proud of what they have achieved Quite often the conditions were not easy and we encountered a lot of hot days along the way.”