Increasing demand for water has put pressure on supplies in remote Territory communities. With limited resources and predicted population growth, we all need to manage our water supply better.

Power and Water supplies drinking water to 72 Territory remote communities through:

  • more than 260 production bores
  • 170 water storage tanks
  • 650km of water distribution systems.

Ninety-five per cent of the water supplied to remote areas comes from underground aquifers. This groundwater is pumped to the surface via production bores. During storage, we disinfect your water and deliver it to you via the distribution system using gravity and pumps.

A handful of communities get their supply partly from surface water sources such as rivers or creeks which is also treated.

Water supply quality

Experts at the Northern Territory Department of Health set water quality requirements. The following report tells you about the water supply in your community.

When it comes to drinking water, we’re committed to ensuring a supply that’s consistent with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. We track drinking water from the source to you by following a Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Program. The Department of Health has regular input into this program.

Read more about drinking water treatment or, find out what to do if you experience inadequate water supply. Learn more about:

Problems with water supply or quality

Working together to protect our water supply

We respect traditional knowledge and law around water. When managing resources, we work with key custodians, senior landowners and government bodies.

We also engage with community members; embracing individual and shared concerns and aspirations.