Unitywater has begun a construction project in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, that will boost the performance of the water network so that it continues providing sufficient pressure for fire-fighting capability. Unitywater crews will be working in Maleny-Kenilworth Road, Elizabeth Street, and Philip Street, replacing water mains, hydrants, and valves.

Construction will begin in December and is expected to continue into March next year. Unitywater will contact any impacted customers to discuss the work and ensure any concerns are addressed.

Unitywater’s Executive Manager Infrastructure Planning and Capital Delivery, Simon Taylor, said that these vital works are needed to ensure that emergency services personnel have easy access to hydrants with sufficient water pressure and flow rates to fight fire.

“These works replace old cast iron fire hydrants and valves with new, long-lasting equipment which offers enhanced flow rates to improve fire-fighting capability.”

“We don’t anticipate any water quality issues as a result of the new water mains, however there can be unknown factors when working with any underground assets,” Mr Taylor said.

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