The Townsville City Council’s Water and Waste Committee has backed a report recommending a multi-million dollar upgrade of the city’s aged infrastructure and water mains over the next 10 years.
Ray Gartrell, chair of the Committee, said the $25 million upgrade and replacement program was important for the CBD, where water infrastructure is “up to 100 years old” in some areas.
He said that a thorough water infrastructure review was carried out, where water pressure was found to be lower than the favoured standard, and will continue to decrease as development continues.
“The upgrade and replacement of the pipes in the CBD will ensure the reliability of water supply into the future and is essential to cope with further demand as development increases in the inner city,” Mr Gartrell said in a August 20 press release.
These upgrades, if approved, could provide opportunities for apprenticeships in Townsville.
Mr Gartrell said that “detailed” design for the project will be done this financial year, with works expected to commence from 2014/15. The recommendation will go to full Council for approval at the end of the month (August 27).