February 19, 2019
Toowoomba Regional Council is weighing up the possibility of taking water from the Toowoomba Pipeline for the first time.
The $187 million pipeline connects Wivenhoe Dam to Cressbrook Dam and has the capacity of delivering 27 megalitres of raw water a day.
But it has never been used.
It was proposed in 2006 by the Toowoomba Water Supply Task Force to shore up Toowoomba’s future water security.
The 38km pipeline was fast-tracked by the State Government a decade ago during drought when there were fears Toowoomba could run out of water.
Construction began in January 2009 and the first pipe was laid in March 2009.
The project was completed in January 2010.
It has been described as the largest and most important single infrastructure project ever undertaken by the TRC.
Cressbrook Dam is one of the four dams that supply the Toowoomba region.
According to the TRC website, once its capacity falls below 40 per cent Council can start using water from Wivenhoe Dam.