Unitywater has delivered increased water security for residents in Lawnton, Qld after installing new water mains along Gympie Road to enhance firefighting capacity in the network.

Unitywater invested $150,000 in the water network upgrade in response to the demands of growth in the area.

Unitywater Executive Manager Infrastructure Planning and Capital Delivery, Simon Taylor said to minimise any disruption to residents, businesses and motorists, Unitywater used horizontal directional drilling to install the water pipes.

“We laid the pipes without digging open trenches so we could minimise the impact of the work on the surrounding community and reduce the disturbance to footpaths, streets and business carparks,” Mr Taylor said.

“This project will offer peace of mind that the local community’s water supply needs will be met as the community grows,” he said.

As part of its contribution to emergency services, Unitywater also provides water at no cost to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the Rural Fire Service Queensland for training and fire fighting exercises.

This project is part of Unitywater’s $680 million investment over the next five years to increase water and sewerage network capacity and cater for future population growth in the region.

Michelle Goldsmith

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