Queensland Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services.
As part of this commitment, we will soon start
replacing sections of old water mains near your property which are made from
asbestos cement. The new pipes are asbestos-free and longer lasting to ensure
the reliability and sustainability of water services in your area.
old pipes were laid before 1954 and contain ‘bonded’ asbestos, which means the
fibres are tightly bound within the cement. There are no
health risks associated with drinking water that has been transported in
asbestos cement pipes.
effects of asbestos in water have been extensively studied and results have
shown there is no elevated risk of asbestos-related disease. Asbestos fibres
are only deemed hazardous when they become airborne and are inhaled. The work
will be performed by licensed asbestos contractors in compliance with Work
Health and Safety regulations and Safe Work Methods will be followed to ensure
the safety of the public and our contractors.
We will start
work on Tuesday 2 May 2017 along Pennell Street between George Street and Valleyview Drive, Kalbar. The project will take about five weeks to complete, weather and site conditions permitting.
majority of the work will be done during the day, between 6am and 6pm, Monday to
night work might be required when
the pipe is located on or near main roads, to comply with approved traffic
permits. Night work may also be required to minimise the impacts of water
outages when we connect the new water main to the network.