Power and Water and contractor NCP Contracting are constructing a new six kilometre water main from Borroloola to Garawa 2 town camp on behalf of the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development (Territory Housing).

Water for Garawa 1 and Garawa 2 town camps near Borroloola is currently supplied from a single bore on the southern side of Wollogorang Road. Water is pumped from the bore to Garawa 1 where it is treated and pumped to an elevated tank. Garawa 2 water supply is gravity fed from the Garawa 1 tank. The water supply infrastructure to both town camps is owned by Territory Housing and maintained by Power and Water.

The new PVC class 16, 225mm and 150mm water main will connect to existing infrastructure at the intersection of Searcy Street and Robinson Road in Borroloola. It will run along Robinson and Wollogorang Roads and across the bridge to Garawa 2 where it will again connect to existing infrastructure to also supply Garawa 1.

Connecting the new water main to existing infrastructure after water has been treated at the Borroloola Water Treatment Plant, will allow for the removal of the current aged treatment equipment and water tank at Garawa 1.

The bore currently servicing the town camps will be maintained for use as an untreated supply only, as the water has a high mineral content. In Borroloola, a new bore (Bore No. 6) will be brought online to compensate for the loss of supply from the Garawa bore.

NCP Contracting is a Territory owned and operated business, and where possible will employ people from local communities to work on the project.

All works are scheduled to be completed in February 2020.