Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services that enhance the liveability of our communities.

What's happening

As part of this commitment, we’re upgrading essential wastewater infrastructure across Ipswich. From Monday 22 May 2023, our delivery partner, Downer WSP, and their subcontractors will commence works to upgrade the existing sewer rising main that services North Ipswich.

This project involves the construction of a new sewer rising main from the Haig Street Pump Station to the corner of W M Hughes Street and North Street, North Ipswich.  This upgrade will improve service reliability in the Ipswich area, ensuring safe long-term service delivery to the community for the next 50 years.

Construction has been progressing well and is expected to take up to seven months to complete, weather and site conditions permitting. Works will take place from the corner of North and W M Hughes Street, North Ipswich to Mihi Creek, North Ipswich.   A temporary work site and holding area for pipe, materials and machinery are located south of Haig Street, Brassall, within the Park Reserve and along W M Hughes Street North Ipswich. Crews, trucks and equipment will be in the area during the works. Downer WSP will install barriers and signage around work areas to keep everyone safe.

Background

Urban Utilities recent Capital Project Challenge Process identified the existing gravity sewer servicing North Ipswich as an essential connection from Haig Street Pump Station to Tantivy Street Pump Station. This asset is now reaching the end of its serviceable life. 

This work package will include decommissioning the existing asbestos cement line and constructing a new gravity sewer line to provide increased flow capacity and serviceability. With the significant population growth occurring in the North Ipswich Region, the Haig Street Rising Main Renewal project will increase the reliability of the sewer system and cater to future development in the area.

Project schedule

Please note that this timeline is indicative only.

Work hours

Works will be carried out during the day between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional Saturday works. In some situations, we may need to carry out works at night, between 7 pm-5 am.  Residents will be notified before any works take place.

Project Status

Construction is underway, with excavation progressing towards the second segment of W M Hughes Street, towards North Street. After this, we’ll begin installing the new sewer pipeline.

To ensure the safety and effectiveness of the construction process, we will need to enforce restricted access to the affected section of the street. The local community will have limited access to their driveways in W M Hughes for 2 or 3 days. We will give the residents notice in advance.

To allow for essential works to take place and to remove the existing asbestos pipe safely, some trees must be removed along W M Hughes Street.

  • reducing reactive maintenance and operational costs
  • increasing pump capacity, and 
  • improving overall reliability of the pump station.
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

What to expect during construction?

During construction, nearby residents and businesses may experience some noise and dust from heavy machinery, increased vehicle movements and minor vibrations, we will minimise this where possible.

Changed traffic conditions will be in place around work areas along W M Hughes Street, North Ipswich, corner North and W M Hughes Street, North Ipswich and near the site compound, south of Haig Street, Brassall. Traffic management will be in place to look after the safety of pedestrians and road users and maintain local access. There will also be temporary restrictions on-street parking during construction. Pedestrians and cyclists can access the Brassall Bikeway north of the existing pathway. Traffic controllers will be on-site to look after our pedestrians and road users.

Some intermittent odours may occur when maintenance hole lids are removed or during ventilation. This activity is required to ensure the safety of crews working in confined spaces.

Please take care and observe all signposting, speed limits and any directions given by traffic controllers. Barriers and signage will be installed around work areas to keep everyone safe.

 Asbestos removal

There will be varying levels of asbestos removal. This will be performed by licenced asbestos removers; we will safely remove it by wetting down the asbestos cement before it is removed and disposed of at a treated waste facility.

Tree and vegetation removal

We understand the community highly values local parks and resident fauna and flora.

To allow for these essential works, trees and vegetation may be removed within the construction zone to allow access to the existing sewer pipe. Trees identified for removal will be marked with a blue “R” to inform you in advance.

Independent arborists have conducted assessments of each individual tree and have established protection zones around existing trees and vegetation. Any trees removed as part of these works will be replaced in coordination with Ipswich City Council in approved areas after the upgrade is complete.

As part of this work, we’ll continue reviewing design and construction methods in an effort to retain as many trees as possible.

Restoration activities

Post construction, we will restore all work areas as close to original condition as possible and will undertake landscaping to ensure the area blends with the existing environment as much as possible.

How will impacts be managed?
  • Downer WSP and their contractors will minimise the construction impacts to the extent possible, including managing noise and dust at the source, utilising traffic control and reviewing work methods as required.
  • Changed traffic conditions will be in place around work areas with the use of traffic control to manage the flow of traffic, ensure pedestrian safety and maintain local access.
  • Please take care and observe all signposting, speed limits and any directions given by traffic controllers. Barriers and signage will be installed around work areas to keep everyone safe.
  • Post construction, we’ll restore work areas as close to the original condition as possible and landscaping will ensure the above ground components blend with the surrounding environment as much as possible.
Our commitment

There will be no interruption to your wastewater services during these works. We’ll minimise construction impacts to the extent possible, including managing noise and dust at the source, utilising traffic control and reviewing work methods as required.

We’ll keep the community and directly impacted residents informed as works progress.

 For Information on asbestos pipes, visit: urbanutilities.com.au/network-upgrades/currentprojects/water-main-replacement-works-asbestos-cement-pipes-information-page

Map of construction area

Works will take place at the Haig Street Pump Station, located at 13 Haig Street, Brassall, Mihi Junction Reserve and along W M Hughes Street, North Ipswich. A site compound will also be located at 2 Haig Street Brassall. Crews, trucks and equipment will be in the area during the works. Safety barriers and signage will be in place to keep everyone safe.

The location of works will run adjacent to the Brassall Bikeway.  During works, the project will have no direct impact on cyclist or pedestrian connectivity along the bikeway or within recreational areas.  A safe detour route for cyclists will be established on W M Hughes Street to ensure access is maintained.

More information

For more information

Contact: Aleisha Billing 0437 841 193 or after hours 1300 992 605

Email: Community.Enquiries@downergroup.com

Register for project updates: Community.Enquiries@downergroup.com