Seqwater is on track to improving the reliability of drinking water supply to more than 50,000 consumers in Brisbane’s north-west, with more than 720 metres of new pipeline now in the ground and ready to be connected.

The $4.2 million upgrade started in July 2016 to replace one of the oldest pipelines in the SEQ Water Grid with two new sections of underground pipeline.

Stage one of the upgrade is now complete with a 300 millimetre diameter pipeline laid between Victoria and Bridge streets in Ashgrove.

Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Jim Pruss thanked local residents and businesses for their patience and understanding during construction.

“This is a very important upgrade for improving the reliability of water supply in the area, but we understand having construction outside your front door is not easy,” Mr Pruss said.

“We couldn’t have got to this point without the cooperation of the local community.”

People in the Ashgrove may still notice some contractors working in the area as they restore the streetscape to its pre-construction conditions.

The first stage of the Ashgrove to Enoggera Pipeline Upgrade has been completed.

With the new pipeline in Ashgrove now complete, stage two has kicked off in Enoggera and Alderley this week.

“Next up, we are building a 1.3 kilometre pipeline between Lloyd Street in Alderley and Pickering Street in Enoggera,” Mr Pruss said.

“This work will involve tunnel boring under a nearby railway line, so we have worked closely with Queensland Rail and Translink during the design and planning phases.”

Stage two will take about four months and once this section of pipeline is complete, an existing water main along Wardell Street, between Ashgrove and Enoggera, will be retired. 

“Our pipeline along Wardell Street is 75 years old and ready for retirement,” Mr Pruss said. “Once both new pipelines are ready to start transporting water, we will be taking this old pipeline out of action.”

More than 720 metres of new pipeline now in the ground and ready to be connected.

Mr Pruss said as work starts in a new part of Brisbane’s north-west, road users are reminded to take care when travelling through construction zones and to follow signage and the instructions of traffic controllers.

“We urge drivers to slow down and be aware of what’s happening around them,” he said. “The safety of motorists, local residents and our work crews is important to us.”

"During the second stage of the project, contractors will be carrying out night work and some construction around the railway may impact commuter parking. We have notified local residents about the work and signage has been put in place to assist people in impacted areas.

“We appreciate the understanding and patience of locals during this work, which is vital to provide a reliable drinking water supply to more than 50,000 local consumers for many years to come.”

The upgrade is expected to be complete in early-2017 and the new pipelines will play a key role in the SEQ Water Grid.