Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services that enhance the liveability of our communities.
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.
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.
Please note that this timeline is indicative only.
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.
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.