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.

The $20M capital investment will help cater for future demand and ensure security of supply to Pinkenba, Eagle Farm and Murarrie. It will also make the provision of supply more flexible and minimise customer impacts in the event of a water outage, for example, during extreme weather.

Map: Murarrie-Pinkenba Cross River Water Pipeline alignment. Zoom in a click on map items for more information.

What's happening?

  • Our contractor, Comdain Infrastructure, has almost complete construction in Holt Street, Pinkenba.
  • Open trench construction along Queensport Road North, Murarrie is complete with some connection work yet to be completed.
  • Construction of the whole project will take approximately two years to complete, subject to weather and ground conditions.
  • The cross-river pipeline will be constructed at least 10m below the riverbed using trenchless construction technology
  • Open trenching is being used to install the new water main along Holt Street, Pinkenba and Queensport Road North, Murarrie.
  • Temporary water shutdowns will occur during connection of the new trunk water main to the existing system. Directly impacted businesses and residents will be notified prior to planned outages.
We will provide customers with more detailed information prior to construction starting in the area.

Our commitment

The project team is committed to minimising the construction impacts on our customers. Once construction starts, 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 keep disturbances to a minimum. 

    Find out more

    For further information about the project, email community.feedback@urbanutilities.com.au or call 3855 6730 during business hours.

    • 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


     The Murarrie-Pinkenba Cross River Water Pipeline is now under construction with open trenching in Holt Street, Pinkenba over 550m in.

    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.