Moura Raw Water Pump Station

About the project

Pensar was engaged to increase the Moura Raw Water Pump Station’s instantaneous flow. The Banana Shire Council also required a solution to retrieve the pumps from the river during a Q100 flood without having to work over water.


Moura, Queensland

Client & Duration

Banana Shire Council
January 2020 - May 2020

Project Scope

  • Design of the raw water pump station
  • Driving and installation of steel and screw piles
  • Diving works including installation of pile headstocks, pipework and intake screens
  • Riverbank stabilisation
  • Fabrication and installation of pipework and working platform
  • Switchboard upgrades and commissioning and integration of a new controls philosophy


  • The Dawson River experiences significant fluctuations in its water level due to a large catchment area and upstream weirs. The river level rose 3m within two weeks of mobilising and another 2m within the following two weeks. This created logistical challenges in mobilising and de-mobilising the barge-mounted piling rig, diving works, and onshore works
  • The regional location of the project required careful coordination of local and other contractors to ensure continuity of work for all trades


  • As well as doubling the pump station’s flow capacity from 50L/s to 100L/s, the refined design eliminated the hazard of working over water and provided additional drought resilience with lower intake levels
  • The pump station gained the capability to operate under Q100 flood conditions, improving flood resilience of the raw water supply
  • Pensar designed a custom hose reeling machine and pump catch tray to enable the pumps to be pulled from the depths of the river and be maintained without having to be disconnected from the flexible rising main
  • Submersible level probes were installed in inclined conduits, enabling them to be retrieved from the riverbank, again eliminating the need to work over water

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