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.

About this project

A new water reservoir has been 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 along Highland Street will 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. 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 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 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?

Urban Utilities and our delivery partner, Diona, will construct a new 1.5ML water reservoir and water pipeline in Esk. Located at 104 Highland Street. the new reservoir will improve the reliability and resilience of the water supply network servicing the Esk township.

Project update

The project was estimated to start construction in early 2023 however, due to schedule changes and market supply issues the project has been delayed. We will advise when the project start date has been rescheduled.

Although there has been a pause in construction of the Esk reservoir, the initial investigations have had a positive outcome.

By doing network modelling and re-configuration, we were able to reduce the construction footprint by reducing the length of new pipeline to be installed along Highland Street by 600 metres. The pipeline will now run from the new reservoir site at 104 Highland Street.

Map of pipeline area

Currently we are doing hydraulic investigations and network checks in the region including Toogoolawah and Calcite reservoirs.

What's next?

We are still working hard to get things moving despite the delays and expect construction to commence within the next few months. Construction should last approximately eight months subject to weather and site conditions.

If you would like more information about the project, please contact us on:

Project notifications 

May 2023 - project update

July 2022 - project update

March 2022 - project factsheet