Lyndon Keane

Water supply upgrade takes Yamba pipeline underground

YAMBA'S water supply has received an upgrade, with Clarence Valley Council replacing three sections of the mains water pipe at Romiaka, Shallow and Oyster channels.

The new pipe sections have been laid underground and will replace the pipes on the bridges at the channels.

The existing pipeline is around 50 years old and reaching the end of its economic life.

The final underground section of the new pipeline at Romiaka Channel is set to be completed later this week.

Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said the placement of the existing pipe above ground posed some risk.

"As the pipe was above ground and adjacent to the road, it was assessed as being at risk of being damaged by any vehicle that might run off the road," he said.

"We did have an incident last year where a vehicle left the road on the bend just west of Oyster Channel Bridge and destroyed several lengths of pipe.

"The three sections are being replaced with polyethylene pipe, which is being under-bored under the bed of the channels."

Mr Anderson said the new underground pipeline would be connected to the existing pipe before Easter, with the old pipeline and supports at Shallow Channel removed.

"The work is being undertaken by contractor Ledonne Constructions Pty Ltd in conjunction with the Yamba Sewerage Augmentation contract, and their drilling sub-contractor is Pipeline Drillers Pty Ltd."



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