Boaties may have been surprised to see a 900-metre-long pipe being towed by barges and tugs along the Broadwater today.
The 1.2 metre wide polyethylene pipe was towed from The Spit to Waterways Drive, where it will now be installed under the Nerang River, from Winchester Street in Southport to Waterways Drive in Main Beach, as part of the Gold Coast’s Long Term Recycled Water Release project.
This process is expected to take around 17 hours and will see the pipe pulled through below the river bed without disturbing the ecosystem.
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See the pipe being towed in the video below:
The project also includes another complex marine pipeline from Quota Park at Biggera Waters to South Stradbroke Island, as well as pump station upgrades, upgraded release points at the Seaway and upgraded pipelines on South Stradbroke Island.
Mayor Tom Tate said the $70 million Long Term Recycled Water Release project would increase the capacity of the existing network, which was built 30 years ago.
“With our population expected to double to 1.2 million by 2050, this network will ensure our growing city is well catered for,” he said.
For information on the project visit: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/long-term-recycled-water-release-plan