Power and Water supplies drinking water through more than 260 production bores, 170 water storage tanks and 650km of water distribution systems spread across the Territory.
Water is provided to residents for drinking using cost-effective systems. Typically, community water supply systems consist of a number of production bores, which pump water from an underground aquifer to a central storage area, where the water is disinfected and delivered to consumers via the distribution system using gravity.
95 per cent of the water supplied to remote communities comes from underground aquifers (groundwater sources), pumped to the surface via production bores. Remaining communities either rely entirely or partially on surface water sources such as rivers, creeks and dams.
All community water supplies are disinfected before it is delivered to customers to drink.
Power and Water's Water for Healthy Communities initiative ensures appropriate water and sewerage services in major remote towns and remote communities, which includes water quality, water sustainability and wastewater management. This integrated approach is based on the principles of risk management, which focuses on adequate and safe water being available for communities and then after the water has been used, the treated wastewater is appropriately returned to the catchments.
Power and Water works collaboratively with the Department of Health to proactively manage drinking water quality. A Memorandum of Understanding outlines responsibilities of the parties and the actions to be taken if water quality tests identify issues including when E. coli is detected in the water. In exceptional cases, the Department of Health will take an extra protective step and advise the community that drinking water should be boiled before consumption to destroy potentially harmful organisms in the water.
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