Beaudesert could be connected to the SEQ Water Grid by this time next year through a 27km pipeline due for completion in late 2022.
The South West Pipeline, being designed and constructed by Comdain Infrastructure on behalf of Seqwater, is the second stage of the Beaudesert Water Supply Upgrade.
The first stage of the upgrade, construction of two new storage reservoirs at Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant, was completed in August this year.
According to Seqwater, the $95 million, 27 km pipeline, will ensure a “reliable long-term water supply for the Scenic Rim by making it easier to move water into the region when needed”.
It will be the biggest addition to the SEQ Water Grid since completion of the Northern Pipeline Interconnector in 2012.
In a letter to residents dated 19 November, Comdain Project Director Damian Barlow provided an update on the project’s progress.
“Comdain have completed initial site setup at the main site compound on Brabazon Road and the construction team have mobilised to site. The following work is planned for November:
Investigation and survey work along the alignment – Bushland Road to Helen Street
Delivery and storage of materials – Undullah Road, Dennis Road, Lupton Road and Bushland Road
Tree clearing works – Bushland Road to Cedar Grove Weir
Continue works to access road – Dennis Road
Commencement of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) crossings – Logan River South and Undullah Road
Commencement of bulk earthworks at the Wyaralong Transfer Station (WTS) site
Traffic control will be present along the alignment – Teviot Road to Helen Street (refer map above)
Continued site establishment and temporary access at Cedar Grove Weir”
Mr Barlow said work hours would be between 6.30am and 6pm weekdays, with some Saturday work possible.
“During work hours you may notice an increase in construction noise, dust, personnel onsite and additional vehicle movements in the local area,” he said.
“Work is being staged to minimise impacts to landowners and the local community. We have safety and environmental measures in place to reduce impacts, including traffic management as required. We will minimise impacts, where possible, and will keep you updated as we progress. There will be no disruptions to your water or wastewater services.”
According to Seqwater, the pipeline will be mostly within existing rural road reserve and is not expected to significantly impact on farms or businesses along the proposed alignment.
The third stage of the Beaudesert Water Supply Upgrade will be construction of a new Water Treatment Plant that will draw water from Wyaralong Dam. A date is yet to be announced for this final stage.