Darwin CBD Water Supply Enhancement Project

Darwin CBD water supply enhancement - Darwin's central business district is growing rapidly and new water mains are needed to meet demand. Power and Water has installed 1.2 km of pipe along the south side of the Esplanade and Daly Street. Work to place 2 km of mains along Dinah Beach Road, Duke Street, Burt Street, Day Street and McMinn Street with direct drilling under Daly Street Bridge and McMinn Street is now nearing completion. This project will ensure continuing water supply to the CBD, Stuart Park and surrounds.

What it is and why we need it

The Darwin CBD is growing rapidly and new water mains are required to meet demand in the area. These new water mains will provide water to the CBD, Stuart Park and surrounds ensuring Power and Water's service standards are maintained to existing customers while allowing increased development.

Power and Water is undertaking the construction of several major water mains in two stages. The project map gives further detail.

Stage 1: New water main, Esplanade

Stage 1 included installing 1.2 km of 450 mm steel pipe along the south side of the Esplanade and along Daly Street.

Stage 2: New water main, Dinah Beach Road

Stage 2 includes 2 km of 450 mm steel water main along Dinah Beach Road, Duke Street, Burt Street, Daly Street, McMinn Street, McLachlan Street and Mirambeena Street.

Power and Water is working with Darwin City Council and the Department of Construction and Infrastructure to minimise disruptions and plan appropriate traffic controls.

Thrust boring was used to construct the water mains under Daly Street and McMinn Street to minimise disruption to traffic.

Future works

This is part of a broader strategy to meet water demand beyond 2030 in the CBD and adjacent areas. Further works are being programmed.