Queensland Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services that meet the evolving needs of our customers and enhance our communities. As part of this commitment, we are constructing a cross-river water pipeline from Murarrie to Pinkenba, which will connect two water supply zones - the Bartleys Hill reservoir in Ascot and the Wellers Hill reservoir in Murarrie.

Once finished, the project will help cater for future demand and ensure security of water supply to Pinkenba, Eagle Farm and Murarrie. It will also make the provision of water supply more flexible and minimise customer impacts in the event of a water outage, for example, during extreme weather.

Project update - June 2018

We are nearing the end of construction of the $20M Murarrie-Pinkenba Cross River Water Pipeline. The below activities are now complete:


    • Open trench installation of the water pipe over the creek culverts on Holt Street. 
    • Open trench installation of about 1060 metres of new water pipeline along Holt Street.
    • Installation of valve chambers on Kingsford Smith Drive and at the end of Holt Street, which allow us to control the water flow and pressure in the water main.


      • Open trench construction of about 850 metres of new water pipeline along Queensport Road North.
      • Auger boring (drilling) to install the water pipe under the stormwater culverts on Queensport Road North.
      • Installation of two valve chambers at the site on Queensport Road North.
      • Road resurfacing of construction damaged areas on Queensport Road North.

      Project look-ahead


      • Connecting the new water main to the existing water network on Kingsford Smith Drive.
      • Road resurfacing of construction damaged areas will be complete once the pipe has been tested and all work along Holt Street is complete.


      • Connecting the new water pipeline to the existing network in the Transurban land at the northern end of Queensport Road North.
      • Following the completion of the river crossing, a permanent switchboard will be installed and secured to power the water main valves which were installed.
      • Additional resurfacing might be required following completion of the remaining work along Queensport Road North.

      How was the pipe installed beneath the Brisbane River?

      The 1.1km of water pipeline was completed using horizontal directional drilling (HDD).


      The above video shows the pipe pullback stage of horizontal directional drilling on this project.

      Our commitment

      We will keep the community informed and provide regular updates to directly impacted customers. We will also work closely with our contractor to ensure every effort is made to minimise the disruption to the extent possible.

      Find out more

      For further information about the project, email community.feedback@urbanutilities.com.au.

      • The additional infrastructure will allow us to move water between two supply zones and ensure reliable and sustainable delivery of water services for Eagle Farm, Pinkenba and Murarrie, making supply more flexible and efficient.
      • It will support demand from a growing population in the North Shore Hamilton Urban Development Area.
      • It will also provide contingency water supply in the event of an unplanned disruption or planned maintenance in one of the water supply zones.
      Pipeline length
      • 3 kilometers
      Project timeframe
      • Approximately 2 years, work commences early-January 2017
      Construction methodology
      • Trenchless technology to construct the pipeline beneath the river using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
      • Open trenching to install the new mains along the roadside on either side of the river
      Capital investment
      • $20 million
      More information


      Using horizontal directional drilling, the new pipe was fed more than 20m underground, beneath the river from Murarrie to Pinkenba. 

       Open trenching along Queensport Road North, Murarrie.

      Open trenching has started on Holt Street Pinkenba

      Open trenching along Holt Street, Pinkenba.

      Some of the water pipes laid out ready for installation 

      Some of the steel lined pipes lined with concrete ready for installation. The pipes are made in Australia.