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Island water supply pipeline replacement begins

Work to replace an 80 metre section of water pipeline on Karragarra Island will soon be underway, with Seqwater contractors mobilising on the island next week.

Seqwater has prioritised work to improve reliability of supply for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, after a series of pipeline bursts in the same section of pipe.

Acting Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Lee Bruce said this work was brought forward following the most recent burst in September 2020.

“Seqwater has worked to assess the impacted pipeline and determine the best options to further improve water supply resilience for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands,” Ms Bruce said.

“Even though the recent burst was identified to have occurred in a different section of the original pipeline, they were close enough to justify replacing the whole section.”

Work at the site will include laying a new section of pipeline near to the existing main, in preparation for testing and connection of the new pipeline.

“Seqwater is mindful to keep disruptions to nearby residents and businesses to a minimum and we thank Redland City Council along with the local community for their support and cooperation during this work,” she said.

To complete the project, and in order to test the new pipeline, there will be an overnight water supply disruption to Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay Islands.

More information about the supply interruption, which is expected to take up to 12 hours, will be available closer to the date, currently expected for March 2021.

Work to replace this section of pipeline is considered less complex than previous repairs for leaks and will be carried out by experienced contractors.

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