You can rely on us to keep things flowing, and from time-to-time we need to upgrade your local water network.

As part of this commitment, we will be installing a new water reservoir to improve the reliability and resilience of the water supply network servicing the Esk township.

map of esk for proposed reservoir

Image: Location map showing the reservoir site at 104 Highland Street, Esk and the pipeline route to Ipswich Street

About this project

A new water reservoir will be designed to meet the future needs of the area and deliver a dedicated water storage facility for the town. 

The reservoir location at 104 Highland Street, Esk, was selected for its elevation which will improve water flow and increase consistency of pressure in the local water supply network.

The reservoir is located on a section of the property that has already been cleared of vegetation, on which a shed has been built.

The project includes:
  • Construction of a 1.5 ML reservoir; and
  • Construction of an underground pipeline totalling approximately 1500 metres along Highland Street to Mack Street and Ipswich Street to connect the reservoir to the existing water supply network.

The design allows for a second reservoir within the site’s cleared area to address future water needs as the town expands and water demands increase.

The pipeline (trunk mains) will be located underneath the road reserve mostly along the southern side of Highland Street to Ipswich Street. This will minimise the impact on Highland Street residents.

Preliminary site investigations of the reservoir site have been undertaken including ecological, geotechnical, and cultural heritage assessments.


Partially screened from Highland Street with existing trees and vegetation, the proposed reservoir will be located on the already cleared part of the property.

An ecological assessment report prepared in October 2020 confirmed that the site contains koala habitat.

To minimise impact on koala habitat and maintain connectivity through the site, the location of the reservoir has been selected to minimise the need for tree removal, as well as minimise disturbance to the surrounding bushland and its inhabitants.

As part of Urban Utilities’ ongoing commitment to environmental leadership, we will complete replanting at the Esk Reservoir site over landscaped areas.

If the number of removed trees cannot be fully replaced within the Esk Reservoir site, we will undertake voluntary offset planting at an offsite location approved by Somerset Regional Council.

More information on how the community can participate will be provided in mid-2023.

Protocols for our staff and contractors while working on site amongst koalas and other wildlife will be developed.

A High Risk Species Management Plan will be developed that will incorporate controls to ensure koala community at that location is protected ie koala spotter-catcher to monitor vegetation clearing and during construction.
What's happening?

As a part of the detailed design phase of the project, our delivery partner, Diona, are currently undertaking investigative works at the reservoir site at 104 Highlands Street, Esk. .

These works include surveying boundaries, service locating, and geotechnical investigations.

What's next? 

Construction is now expected to commence early 2023, lasting approximately eight months, subject to weather and site conditions.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses, and we will provide advance notice for any activities that may cause impacts. 

If you would like more information about the project or to register for project updates, please contact us on:

Project notifications 

March 2022 - project factsheet

July 2022 - project update