Power and Water distributes electricity and provides water and sewerage services across the Northern Territory, from arid Central Australia to the tropical monsoon climate of the Top End.

We operate in an environment with relatively undisturbed ecosystems and recognise that our activities have the potential to affect our surroundings.

Whether we are working in small remote communities or major urban centres, we’re committed to providing sustainable power, water and sewerage services. No matter where we are in the Territory, we’re in our backyard and have a responsibility to keep it clean.

Above all, we strive to manage risks to an acceptable level within the bounds of technical and economic feasibility.

Key areas

People, ecosystems, plants and animals need water for survival.

We’re fortunate in the Northern Territory to have access to unspoiled water bodies such as estuaries, rivers, wetlands and aquifers. However, we must ensure that our power, water and sewerage services don’t impact the environmental values of these water bodies.

The National Water Quality Management Guidelines define environmental values for some ‘beneficial uses’ of water bodies. Our discharges to declared water bodies need to be licensed under the Northern Territory's Water Act to protect these beneficial uses.

Waste discharge licences (WDLs) can be accessed below:

Berrimah WDL146-06

Ludmilla WDL 150-05

Leanyer Sanderson WDL147-08

Katherine WDL 151-06

Palmerston WDL148-06

Alice Springs WDL 159-05

East Point Effluent Rising Main

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act), Power and Water is required to provide evidence of compliance to conditions under approval EPBC 2009/5113 that was issued in 2013 for the augmentation of the existing effluent rising main at the Ludmilla Wastewater Treatment Plant project. These conditions are in effect until 31st December 2053.

Living Water Smart is a Power and Water Corporation initiative to help Territorians reduce water use. Many people think that the Territory’s Top End has an endless supply of water, but this is a myth. We are currently using more water than can be captured and supplied in the long term.

Living Water Smart aims to help Territorians become smarter with their water use. We want to keep our water bills down while saving our precious resource.

It’s not about going without or sacrificing our lifestyle. It’s about the community working together to reduce the amount of water wasted and respecting this natural and limited resource.  A lot of our water use is unnecessary and can easily be reduced, saving water as well as money.

Living Water Smart works with households, businesses, schools, councils and government offering easy and affordable ways to reduce water use.  We provide rebates, community and school programs, business water use health checks, smart technology and expert advice covering a range of topics - all to help you save water.

Power and Water is transforming the way power is delivered to remote communities by incorporating solar power to reduce reliance on diesel.

The $59 million Solar SETuP program was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Northern Territory Government.

Benefits of the SETuP program include:

  • improved local air quality
  • reduced long-haul transport
  • fewer trucks or barges entering communities
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • protection from diesel price escalation.

Power and Water has been progressively delivering a wide-scale rollout of 10MW of solar systems across 25 remote Indigenous communities. The award-winning program has changed Power and Water’s remote community energy supply portfolio, making solar energy an established part of future power station design.

Solar SETuP program

We all want to do our bit to help the environment – and often, it will save us money, too.

Changing behaviour is never easy, but if you can make some small adjustments they will become part of your routine and you’ll be reducing the pressure on our environment without sacrificing your lifestyle.

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