Power and Water’s not-for-profit subsidiary, Indigenous Essential Services (IES), supports 72 remote communities across the Territory, from the deserts of Central Australia to islands off our tropical north coast.
With multiple sources of power and water across vast distances, we work proactively to maintain and improve essential services in remote regions. We invest significantly in remote projects and programs to ensure electricity, water and sewerage services continue to meet growing demand.
Remote projects and programs
Solar Energy Transformation Program
We’re building on 20 years' experience investing in solar energy in remote and regional communities.
Angurugu Sewerage Reticulation Upgrade
This was a $5.6 million project involving approximately three kilometres of new sewerage reticulation and new sewer connections to approximately 90 allotments. During the project 34 per cent Aboriginal employment was achieved. The project involved replacing a high risk section of existing asbestos cement effluent drainage that was prone to failure. Future investment will be required to upgrade the rest of the community with a new sewerage reticulation system.
Ngukurr New Water Source Equipping
Completion of a $3.7 million project including one new bore and construction of six kilometres of rising main and six kilometres of overhead power line at Ngukurr. The project achieved 14 per cent Aboriginal employment and has provided the community with additional water source capacity.
Robinson River New Water Source Equipping
Completion of a $1.97 million project equipping four new bores and constructing 500 metres of rising mains and 800 metres of overhead powerlines. The project achieved 40 per cent Aboriginal employment and has provided the community with additional water source capacity.
Wadeye Asbestos Cement Main Replacement
Completion of a $2 million project at Wadeye to replace the failing old asbestos cement water main. The project was completed in December 2017 and achieved more than 30 per cent Aboriginal employment.
Barunga New Water Source Equipping
Completion of a $3 million project to equip new production bores in Barunga to provide the community with a secure, safe water source. The project was completed in December 2017 and achieved 18 per cent Aboriginal employment.
Laramba water treatment plant
The $6.8 million Laramba water treatment plant was officially opened on 26 April 2023.
The new treatment plant uses ion-exchange technology to reduce the levels of naturally occurring uranium in the groundwater source that supplies Laramba’s drinking water.
The project was funded from the $28 million commitment by the Northern Territory Government to address critical water supply infrastructure needs in remote Aboriginal communities experiencing water quality issues and security stress.