Following the completion of water quality testing of the 4km water main, the final connections to the new water main were completed on 7 and 8 September 2023. Water is now transferred from the Summit Tank via the new 4km section of the water main to the Drumsite tank.
The replacement of the water main was driven by the high-water losses being experienced from leaks from the main, which at times was approximately 40 per cent of the community's water supply. Phase 1 of the project has seen 4km of the water main replaced commencing in the national park.
A further approximately 2km of water main will be replaced to the Drumsite tank in Phase 2. The department is considering its options to undertake this future work.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works approved this Medium Works project on 17 February 2022, and the revised scope and budget on 15 June 2023.
Key stakeholders on Christmas Island will be kept informed on the next phase of the project through articles in The Islander and Government media channels, as well as a fact sheet and frequently asked questions (FAQs).
The Department's contractor will have direct consultation with key on-island stakeholders regarding the project.
Contacts and further information
Please email any questions or queries to the Project Team at IOTSDA@infrastructure.gov.au.