9 October, 2019 17:22
Gatton sewer pipes

Urban Utilities will begin work in Gatton later this month, as part of a $135,000 project to upgrade sewer pipes in the region.

Works will take place in four streets and will involve inspecting, cleaning and relining the pipes, extending their life by up to 50 years.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Sarah Owens, said crews would be using innovative trenchless technology to carry out the upgrades.

“Our crews use the latest technology to reline the pipes which avoids the need to dig them up and replace them,” she said.

“By accessing the pipe through maintenance holes, no open trenching is required, minimising impacts on the community and the environment.

“This project is part of our ongoing capital works program and demonstrates what goes on behind the scenes to ensure Gatton residents can keep their showers running and toilets flushing.”

Ms Owens said it was a timely reminder for residents too, who can all play a part in helping keep the sewers and their household pipes healthy.

“We’re encouraging people to only flush their number 1s and 2s, everything else is a ‘number 3’ and belongs in the bin,” she said.

“Number 3s include wipes, nappies, tampons and cotton buds.

“Our crews clear thousands of blockages in sewer pipes across our service region each year and a big contributing factor is people flushing the wrong things down the loo.”

Sewer relining will occur in the following Gatton streets;

  • Railway St,
  • East St,
  • North St,
  • Maitland St.

About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.4 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $2.76 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,384 square kilometres and we employ around 1,100 people.