Unitywater has installed new pipes in Bli Bli on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to bypass a faulty water main that broke twice throughout January 2019.

The pipe connects to four reservoirs which supply about 8000 properties in Marcoola, Yaroomba, Mount Coolum, Coolum, Peregian Springs and Peregian Breeze.

Unitywater Executive Manager Customer Delivery, Rob Dowling, said Unitywater had concerns about the condition of the original main.

“This is only a young pipe, about four years old, and because it has broken twice in such a short period of time, we are investigating the cause of these breaks as a priority,” Mr Dowling said.

“This bypass pipe will supply our customers in the affected areas while we address our concerns with the pipe and consider our options for a long-term solution.”

Unitywater is continuing to ask residents to limit their outdoor water use, including sprinklers, until further notice.

“Our priority is keeping a continuous water supply to our customers in these areas and we sincerely thank them for working with us while we resolve this,” Mr Dowling said.

“We would like to thank residents again for their continued patience and assistance, and apologise for the inconvenience as we work through this emergency situation.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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