We are pleased to confirm the project is running to schedule and budget. Workers have laid five kilometres of pipe so far, and have 14 kilometres yet to be completed.Dubbo Regional Council director infrastructure Julian Geddes
Installing Dubbo's $6.82 million cross-city and non-potable water pipeline is not simply a matter of digging trenches.
Dubbo Regional Council's director infrastructure Julian Geddes reports the company chosen to construct the underground pipeline is having to tread carefully.
"The major challenge has been dealing with the extent of existing services within the road corridor," Mr Geddes said.
"Jonishan has been diligent in identifying the services and working around them.
"We have had no unplanned contact with live services to date."
The dual pipeline will move non-potable groundwater from "recreational bores" to the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant.
It will replace the non-potable groundwater with recycled effluent from the Dubbo Sewage Treatment Plant.
Jonishan was among 19 companies nationwide which tendered for the drought-proofing project.
Mr Geddes said the contract was signed in July 2020 with construction beginning in September this year.
"We are pleased to confirm the project is running to schedule and budget," he said.
"Workers have laid five kilometres of pipe so far, and have 14 kilometres yet to be completed."
Mr Geddes advises that the pipeline currently runs from the "northern side of Boothenba Road, along Yarrandale Road down to the intersection of Yarrandale Road and Merrilea Road".
He tells of it "starting again at the back of the cycle club, running through the facility to the back of Troy Gully pump station and stopping at the rail corridor".
"Jonishan is currently working on the corner of Brisbane and Myall streets," Mr Geddes said on Friday.
"They will be heading south along Brisbane Street in coming days."
The project gets a mention in the Draft Regional Water Strategy for the Macquarie-Castlereagh.
It has been funded from a $30 million state government emergency grant.
The pipeline is scheduled for completion in early 2021