New reservoir plan for Pine Valley

Published 12:00pm 22 May 2024

New reservoir plan for Pine Valley
Words by Nick Crockford

Unitywater has unveiled plans for a new 15-million-litre drinking water reservoir and 8kms of water pipelines, to boost water security in Pine Valley, Upper Caboolture, Morayfield and Narangba.

To be built on Unitywater land off Jacko Place in Pine Valley, the new reservoir will increase storage capacity in the drinking water network to cater for growth in Moreton Bay’s west.

Mike Basterfield, Executive Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions at Unitywater, said the reservoir and pipeline is part of an $1.8 billion investment in essential water and wastewater infrastructure over five years.

“Reliable water services are central to healthy and thriving communities, protecting public health, enabling modern lifestyles and underpinning economic growth,” said Mr Basterfield.

“Over the next two decades, these areas are projected to be home for more than 100,000 people, so we must make sure there is water infrastructure in place to support them.”

To be built from post tensioned concrete walls and aluminium roof sheeting, the new Pine Valley water reservoir will be about 12 meters high, with an internal diameter of 44 meters.

New reservoir plan for Pine Valley
Pouring the slab for a water reservoir at Aura, which will be similar to the water reservoir planned for Pine Valley.

Mr Basterfield said the new connecting underground pipework would primarily be positioned within existing infrastructure corridors and road verges.

“Running an average of two and half meters below ground level, the pipeline will be fully welded Polyethylene, which is selected for its strength and ability to reach a useful life of around 100 years,” he said.

“Our engineers are currently in detailed design, and we expect early works to begin at the reservoir site in coming months, ahead of full construction activities commencing in 2025.

“We will work with residents along the pipeline route and near the reservoir site to plan construction in ways that minimise any day-to-day impacts.”

A 560mm inlet pipe will start at Elm St, Morayfield and intersect with an existing power line easement and continues to the reservoir at Jacko Place.

The outlet pipe is planned to be 800 or 900mm in diameter and go north from the Jacko Place reservoir site through an existing powerline easement to the existing network at Nairn St.

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