Cr David Pahlke with QUU CEO Louise Dudley and Principal of St Brigids Sharon Olsen
Queensland Urban Utilities has today commenced works to replace a sewer pipe in John St, Rosewood, which will improve the sewer system’s capacity and reliability.
The $310,000 project will see the existing 150mm pipe replaced with a 225mm pipe. The upgrade works come just one month after a sewage overflow which resulted in an immediate investigation by Queensland Urban Utilities to rectify this issue. An inspection of the sewer line via closed-circuit television (CCTV) revealed significant tree root infiltration, which is a common cause of sewage overflows in the system.
Queensland Urban Utilities’ CEO, Louise Dudley, said the upgrade of the sewer pipe was being undertaken to prevent future sewage overflows into the St Brigid’s school. “The safety of our customers, especially young children, is paramount and the new, larger pipe is being installed to ensure a safe and reliable service now and into the future,” Ms Dudley said. To avoid disruptions to the school community, all works will be carried out during the September school holiday period.
Ipswich City Council Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said he wanted to thank Queensland Urban Utilities for the way they had handled this situation. “Their reaction time was extremely good,” Cr Pahlke said.
“From the time I took the initial community concerns to them they have dealt with this issue promptly and efficiently. “They have worked closely with council to find a solution to the problems which were occurring at St Brigid’s School. “I am really pleased that these works will begin today and that this problem will rectified over the school holidays.”