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 - January 2019

We are nearing the end of construction on the Murarrie Pinkenba Cross-River Water Pipeline, with remaining activities expected to be completed in early 2019.

Project look-ahead


  • The water main was connected at the corner of Holt St and Kingsford Smith Dr on Sat 19 January. Final restoration of construction affected areas will be completed in the coming weeks.


  • Connecting the new water pipeline to the existing network in Transurban land at the northern end of Queensport Road North near the Gateway Motorway (late Jan to early Feb 2019).

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, call 3855 6742 during business hours or 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 kilometres
Project start
  • Work commenced early 2017 and is expected to be completed by early 2019
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.