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Dec 12, 2020

Urgent repairs on key Townsville water line

Urgent repairs on key  Townsville water line

Townsville City Council is working to repair a ruptured 1.3m diameter pipe which supplies the Douglas Water Treatment Plant, the city’s primary water treatment facility.

Major water restrictions are in force today (Saturday, December 12) for Townsville and Magnetic Island residents and business owners as a result of the fault.

Council alerts urge people to immediately restrict water consumption to emergency use only (drinking water and toilets) to help maintain basic supply across the city.

A spokesman said council officers and staff from external contractors BMD, NQ Excavations and CivilPlus had made good progress in replacing the ruptured pipe overnight.

“The ruptured pipe has been removed and work is now underway to install the new section of pipe,” he said this morning.

“It is expected to take at least 24 hours to fully re-charge the water system once the pipe is repaired and pumping has recommenced.”

During this time, some parts of the Townsville may experience issues with water supply. The council spokesman said the city’s water reserves were critically low and being further depleted.

  • Residents and business owners should monitor Townsville City Council’s Disaster Dashboard for latest information and updates.

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