Denmark pipeline

To secure Denmark's water supply, we've built a 43km pipeline to connect Denmark to our Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme.

This project is now complete.

Use this page to read historical project updates, responses to community enquiries in our Ask Us section or view the pipeline route.

Visit our corporate website to find out more about how we are securing water supply and reducing water use in the Great Southern region.

To secure Denmark's water supply, we've built a 43km pipeline to connect Denmark to our Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme.

This project is now complete.

Use this page to read historical project updates, responses to community enquiries in our Ask Us section or view the pipeline route.

Visit our corporate website to find out more about how we are securing water supply and reducing water use in the Great Southern region.

  • Completed Denmark pipeline secures Denmark's water future

    • Completed $25 million pipeline secures year-round water supply for Denmark
    • Climate change causing reduced rainfall and long-term decline in Quickup Dam levels
    • $6.2 million spent in the Great Southern using 186 local workers


    Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the official completion of the Albany to Denmark pipeline, securing Denmark's long-term water supply in the face of climate change.

    The new $25 million, 43-kilometre pipeline was constructed in response to years of declining rainfall in the region due to climate change, and connects Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS), ensuring the town is no longer solely reliant on Quickup Dam.

    Although it has had above average winter rains this year, the region is one of the most climate-impacted areas of the world. Since 2014, Denmark has experienced four of its driest winters since records began in 1911.

    The pipeline will allow Denmark's drinking water supply to alternate between the LGSTWSS and Quickup Dam, with the pipeline not expected to be required until next year due to the dam levels.

    Denmark is expected to be supplied via the pipeline during winter and spring, and from Quickup Dam in summer and autumn when demand is higher.

    The Denmark community will be notified in advance of the pipeline commencing operation.

    Completed within its revised $25 million budget, the project saw more than $6.2 million - exceeding the initial $4.8 million target - invested in the Great Southern region through the hiring of local workers and the use of local materials and services.

    The majority (94 per cent) of the 198 workforce were from the Great Southern, including 13 Aboriginal workers via Impact Services, which is a local Aboriginal-employment services supplier.

    Environmental targets were also exceeded throughout construction, with a 42 per cent reduction in vegetation clearance to just 144m2, and all black cockatoo habitat trees retained.

    The project was a collaborative effort between Water Corporation, Shire of Denmark, City of Albany, Main Roads, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and WA-based head contractor Georgiou and its sub-contractors.

    To cater for population growth and the ever-increasing impacts of climate change in the Great Southern, Water Corporation will also be investigating new long-term water supply options including new groundwater sources, groundwater replenishment and seawater desalination for the LGSTWSS.


    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    "The McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, has successfully delivered this vital pipeline for the Denmark community that will secure the town's long-term water supply for the next 50 years.

    "Due to climate change, we can't rely on rainfall to sustain the supply from Quickup Dam.

    "The fact is that this winter's heavy rainfall is an anomaly - the last time Quickup was full at this time of year was 2005.

    "In the face of significant long-term reductions in rainfall and run-off into dams, connecting towns like Denmark to larger, more secure water schemes provides an alternative water supply during the drier years."


    Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie:

    "I welcome the completion of the new Albany to Denmark pipeline. Since 2014, Denmark has experienced four of the driest winters in the region on record.

    "So, despite the recent rains, this means that Quickup Dam alone is no longer a reliable long-term water source for the community.

    "This project is a great example of how we were able to engage local contractors and use local suppliers, minimise the environmental impact through a 42 per cent reduction in vegetation clearance and save taxpayer dollars through careful routeing of the pipeline."


    Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens:

    "This project has been delivered by a local workforce in the Great Southern, many in the Albany area, delivering a welcome $6.2 million boost to local suppliers - nearly 30 per cent above target.

    "In addition, I commend Water Corporation for engaging Albany-based Impact Services to co-ordinate employment opportunities on the project for Aboriginal people, creating 13 jobs."

    Minister's office - 6552 6100


    Albany to Denmark pipeline fact file:

    • 43km-long pipeline connecting Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS), which currently supplies drinking water to Albany, Mount Barker, Kendenup and Narrikup.
    • Original $32 million project cost was reduced to $25 million following extensive landowner consultation and improvements to the pipeline route.
    • Plans for a pipeline were first outlined in 2010 following extensive community consultation.
    • Project began in September 2019 with construction commencing in July 2020 following appointment (June 2020) of Perth-based Georgiou as head contractor.
    • Pipeline comprises 7,186 lengths of six-metre pipe.
    • Horizontal directional drilling, or trenchless construction, used to go under Quickup and Hay rivers without impacting the natural waterways.
    • Gravity-fed pipeline with water only able to travel west from Albany to Denmark.
    • Connected to the LGSTWSS at Chorkerup Tank, 30km north of Albany, then follows the road reserve west along Wilcox Road, Redmond Road West, Kernutts Road, and a small section of Denmark-Mount Barker Road, joining the existing tank at Scotsdale.
    • Mostly routed along road reserves and existing cleared areas, reducing vegetation clearance to 144m2 (original estimate 250m2), and all black cockatoo habitat trees were retained.
    • Pipeline itself has expected operational lifespan of 50 years.
    • Collaborative project between Water Corporation, Shire of Denmark, City of Albany, Main Roads WA, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and head contractor Georgiou and its sub-contractors.


    https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2021/08/Completed-Albany-to-Denmark-pipeline-secures-Denmarks-water-future.aspx

  • Pipework installation complete

    43 kilometres of pipework has now been installed to transfer water from the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS) to Denmark.

    We’d like to thank the local community for their support as we complete final testing, commissioning and reinstatement work.

    The new pipeline will allow Denmark’s supply of drinking water to be alternated between LGSTWSS and Quickup Dam throughout the year.

    As the Quickup Dam level is currently high, Denmark will continue to receive drinking water from the dam for the coming months, as testing on the pipeline is completed.

  • Work on Denmark-Mt Barker Road in January 2021

    Denmark-Mt Barker Road is now reopened to two lane traffic for the festive season.

    Crews intend to return to the area from Monday 4 January 2021 to install the last 500 metres of pipeline and related infrastructure. This will involve one lane traffic along some sections of Denmark-Mt Barker Road near Settlers Road.

    Work will be underway 7 days a week, from 7am – 6pm until mid February 2021.

    We thank local residents for their patience as we complete this essential work.

  • Kernutts Road intersection reopened

    Access to Kernutts Road from Denmark-Mt Barker Road is back open to traffic.

    We thank local residents for their patience as we finished work in this area.

    Sections of Denmark-Mt Barker Road are currently reduced to one lane between Kernutts Road and Settlers Road to install the Denmark pipeline. Work will be underway 7 days a week, from 7am – 6pm until mid December 2020. The single lane closure will move as work progresses along the route.

    View the work area map for more information.

  • Small grassroots business making a big impact

    supporting image

    Some 30 kilometres of the 43 kilometre Denmark pipeline has been installed within the City of Albany boundary. It takes a lot of effort to pull off a project like the Denmark pipeline, and finding the right people for the job is no easy feat.

    Around 50 locals in the Great Southern have been employed to work on the project to date, and one man who’s helped secure the work is Stuart Roberts from Impact Services.

    Impact Services is an employment and training provider for Aboriginal people. Based in Albany, Stuart delivers employment and contract services throughout WA, connecting job seekers with opportunities in their communities, like the Denmark pipeline project.

    “We are able to balance between what is happening in the region, what type of skills will be required for upcoming work, and then refine the training to match it,” says Stuart.

    Around 250 people have secured work or tailored training through Impact Services and its networks since the business first opened its doors in 2018. In the Great Southern, they have engaged directly with over 30 Aboriginal employees to date for various services and contracts and mentored a further 30 within their respective workplace.

    “It’s the first such service in the region and with our main office in Albany, it means a better focus on decisions that benefit the local community. We’re thrilled to be doing our bit in helping to deliver this important piece of infrastructure to the region.”

    Three Albany locals Stuart has helped to secure short and long term work prospects are Tom Palfrey, Victor Woods and Andrew Swzecow.

    Pipeline paving the way for Tom's future

    Tom recently moved back to Albany from Perth simply for the lifestyle and pace of country life. His priority was to find work, so he registered with Impact Services.

    Through Stuart, Tom found employment in no time at all, employed as a labourer working on the Denmark pipeline.

    A passionate football player, Tom decided to forgo his season playing with the Railways to focus on the job opportunity he now has.

    “The work is an 11-day roster, so I decided to put the work first. This work is giving me the ability to save financially and invest in my longer term work plans, which is to move on to bigger and better things,” says Tom.



    Left to right: Tom Palfrey and Stuart Roberts from Impact Services


    A clean sweep of full-time work for Victor

    The opportunity to snap up full-time work in Denmark to support the crew working on the pipeline project is exactly what Victor was after.

    Victor grew up in Tambellup before moving to Albany in his late teens. He’s a very passionate family man who lives with – and cares for his mother and is a very well respected elder in the community. Although he has no children of his own, he is uncle to many nieces and nephews!

    Victor is part of a dynamic duo who cleans the office spaces and accommodation for the Georgiou team.

    “I take great pride in my work and make sure everything is done to keep the premises clean and tidy. I have a great time at work and enjoy a good laugh with the people I meet. They’re really easy to work for, and I thoroughly enjoy what I do.”

    The job has allowed Victor to increase his hours to a full-time capacity for the duration of the project, and he’s very grateful for this.

    “It’s great to be working full-time again. I was absolutely thrilled to secure this work through Impact Services.”

    Left to right: Victor Woods with Stuart Roberts

    When one opportunity leads to another

    Andrew Swzecow has lived in Albany all his life with his two sons. He’s well known in the local community and is passionate about the environment.

    Much like Tom and Victor, he jumped at the chance to work on the Denmark pipeline project due to the recent downturn in regional and seasonal job prospects.

    Andrew started very early on in the project and his supervisor has had nothing but praise for him. He has excellent work ethics and fits right into the team. Although he’s working full time, Andrew has already received other work offers after the pipeline is completed.

    The pipeline project has created great job opportunities for locals like Andrew, Victor and Tom who have embraced new learnings while providing for their families.

    The Denmark pipeline is expected to be completed in early 2021 and will secure the town’s long term water supply.

  • Work along Denmark-Mt Barker Road

    supporting image

    From Friday 30 October, sections of Denmark-Mt Barker Road will be reduced to one lane between Kernutts Road and Settlers Road to install the Denmark pipeline. Work will be underway 7 days a week, from 7am – 6pm until mid December 2020. The single lane closure will move as work progresses along the route.

    Access to Kernutts Road from Denmark-Mt Barker Road will also be closed from Monday 26 October until Friday 20 November 2020.

    Please use alternate routes to access Kernutts Road or avoid traffic management during this time.

    View the work area map for more information.

  • Construction of the pipeline to secure Denmark’s long term water supply is in full swing

    supporting image

    To build the 43km pipeline, a number of crews will work simultaneously at different locations , and will lay around 7,186 lengths of 6 metre pipe from Albany to Denmark. Weather permitting, around 400 metres of pipe can be installed each day; that’s 2 kilometres every week.

    Building the pipeline

    Most of the pipeline will be installed by digging open trenches, with horizontal directional drilling (HDD) used to go under Quickup River and Hay River. Also known as trenchless construction, HDD is a drilling method used to install the pipeline without impacting the natural waterway.

    Minimising impact at river crossings

    HDD will be used at river crossings along the route, to minimise construction impacts. To do this, we will excavate a small pit in the paddocks on each side of the river. A drill head will bore through the earth from one side of the river, drilling deep under the river and back up to ground level on the other side. The drill head is guided by GPS and other sensors to ensure we reach the required depth under the river and drill through the second pit on the other side.

    By late August, we expect to install almost 8km of pipeline to connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Town Water Supply Scheme.

    What else is happening in Denmark?

    The rainwater rewards program has been extended to May 2021. More information can be found here.

    Do you own or manage an accommodation property in Denmark?

    We have free waterwise posters, stickers and shower timers for accommodation providers to encourage your visitors to be waterwise. Email waterwisetowns@watercorporation.com.au to register your interest.

    If you haven’t already, register here to receive regular updates on the Denmark pipeline.

  • Digging has commenced!

    supporting image

    The Denmark pipeline is underway and it's full steam ahead as the diggers move in. We have started laying 43km of pipeline that will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Town Water Supply Scheme by early 2021.

    A customary Welcome to Country was held at the construction site prior to the diggers breaking ground to lay the first section of pipeline.

    Many local businesses have already been engaged to supply materials or work on construction along with a number of locals obtaining work as direct employees. One such local business is Impact Services, who are working hard to ensure employment opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers, and have already had 25 people register.

    Well done to the local community who has done a fantastic job in saving water through the recent Waterwise Denmark program. The good news is that the Denmark Rainwater Rewards program (rainwater tank rebate) has been extended for another year to May 2021.

    To stay up to date with the latest news and developments, please register with us.

  • (4/6) Head contractor for pipeline project appointed

    The pipeline project has reached an important milestone with Perth based Georgiou Group appointed as head contractor.

    At least $4.8 million will be invested in the Great Southern region by utilising local subcontractors and sourcing materials locally for the project, helping to create Western Australian jobs. This is in addition to incidental spending on accommodation, hospitality and other minor work that will complement the project.

    The new pipeline will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS), which currently supplies drinking water to Albany, Mt Barker, Kendenup and Narrikup. It will secure Denmark’s long term water supply.

    The project is on track to deliver a long term water supply solution for Denmark in less than 18 months with construction expected to begin in July 2020.

    Read the Water Minister's media statement.

  • (17/3) Popular Denmark community facilities receive a waterwise makeover

    supporting image

    Water Corporation’s Waterwise Denmark program has reached the Denmark Recreation Centre and McLean Park Precinct with the facilities receiving a water efficient makeover to help save precious water.

    As part of water saving offers available through the program, leaks were fixed, single flush toilets replaced, inefficient showerheads swapped for new efficient ones and many other minor repairs carried out to reduce water use.

    Water Corporation Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart said it was great to see shared facilities, like the Shire-owned Denmark Recreation Centre and McLean Park Precinct amenities, benefit from the program.

    “Regular patrons to the popular facilities may notice new push button taps and plenty of helpful reminders around the premises encouraging visitors to report leaks, use the half flush buttons, and shower as long as a four minute song to help save water,” Mr Stewart said.

    “Large shared facilities are where some of the biggest water savings can be made so it’s fantastic to see more and more facilities utilise the waterwise program and take positive steps to benefit the whole community.”

    Shire of Denmark Technical Officer Ryan Harding said water efficient upgrades recently made at several Shire-owned facilities were seamless causing no disruption to patrons.

    “Ensuring shared facilities are as water efficient as possible means the whole community benefits and patrons keeping water use to a minimum will help save even more water,” he said.

    Water saving offers available through the program include a free plumbing check, repair and retrofit service as well as a free irrigation system check.

    Residents can also swap up to two old inefficient showerheads for new efficient ones helping Denmark households save about 20,000 litres of water a year.

    Households and businesses now have until 31 May 2021 to apply for a rainwater reward rebate of up to $1000 for purchasing and plumbing in a rainwater tank to the toilet or laundry.

    For more information or to take advantage of the Waterwise Denmark offers, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/save-water/water-saving-offers


Page last updated: 30 September 2021, 15:26