Plan to build pipeline to Awoonga there when needed
GLADSTONE Area Water Board plans to construct a pipeline from the Fitzroy River to Gladstone.
The project is fully designed and approvals have been granted for the pipeline's construction, but the plans sit on a shelf, ready to be put in place.
Awoonga Dam is at full capacity at present, as it has been for the past three years.
GAWB CEO Jim Grayson said yesterday the pipeline project would come into play if the dam water level fell to a point lower than five years' capacity, or when there was a significant increase in demand.
It would then take one year to reactivate the plan and two years to construct the pipeline.
Approvals are still being sought in conjunction with SunWater to raise the Eden Bann Weir on the Fitzroy River, a project that would need to be undertaken to draw water for the proposed pipeline.