New Water Infrastructure for Wurrumiyanga

24 July 2012

A new water production, storage, treatment and supply control system was unveiled in Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island today.

Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, and Power and Water Corporation’s Darryl Day joined with Traditional Owners and elders from the community to inspect the facility.

The $4.3 million project has seen a new 1.8 mega litre water storage tank constructed near the township’s borefield.

“This project has improved water security for Wurrumiyanga, ensuring that residents have sufficient water to meet current and future demand,” said Darryl Day, General Manager Remote Operations.

“The larger tank will increase storage of water from the borefield and water pressure into the community.

“It will make a big difference to their capacity to water public amenities, particularly the AFL oval which is central to the community,” he said.

The new facilities have been built approximately 6km away from the community centre, taking into consideration likely expansion needs to 2030.

The project was funded by the Australian Government’s Strategy on Water and Wastewater Services in Remote Communities and the Northern Territory Government’s Land Servicing and Essential Services Infrastructure program.

A state-of-the-art chlorination system and the community's first permanent fluoridation system was also installed.

“The Strong Teeth and Healthy Bodies program is also being rolled out across the Territory in partnership with the Northern Territory Department of Health. It will extend access to fluoridated water to people living in Wurrumiyanga as well as those in Maningrida, Wadeye, Angurugu and Umbakumba.

“The implementation of the fluoridation systems is being made in conjunction with the upgrading of chlorination systems. 

“The upgrade of chlorination systems is critical to the project as increasing the reliability and efficiency of disinfection protects public health by reducing exposure to disease causing micro-organisms.” Mr Day said.

Senator Don Farrell, Hon Warren Snowdon, Darryl Day GM Remote Operations, Mayor Lynette De Santis, Marion Scrymgour and Dean Rioli

Senator Don Farrell, Hon Warren Snowdon, Darryl Day GM Remote Operations, Mayor Lynette De Santis, Marion Scrymgour and Dean Rioli

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