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Improving water quality and supply in remote communities

30 April 2021

A $28 million Territory Labor Government investment will help to shore up water security in Aboriginal communities across the NT.
Tailored projects in ten remote communities will improve water quality and supply infrastructure, prioritising areas of critical need.
The identified projects, tailored to address community-specific issues in West Arnhem Land includes upgrading the Warruwi water supply system to overcome water shortages, location of additional water resources, a bore drilling program and water supply infrastructure upgrade.
The funding, $7 million per year for four years, will support initiatives to manage immediate problems and a long-term plan to tackle complex water supply issues. These include new bores, network upgrades, improved water disinfection systems, and the installation of meters to monitor and reduce water usage.
Minister for Indigenous Essential Services Chansey Paech said, “This water quality and supply program targets communities with the most critical need and complements ongoing work to support infrastructure upgrades, research and development in our remote communities.
“Reliable supply of quality water is the cornerstone of good health and better lives and that’s why we are laying foundations to unlock opportunities, such as housing construction, that will enable the Territory’s remote communities to thrive.
“I am proud to be part of a Government that is walking-the-walk when it comes to improving the wellbeing and living conditions of our most vulnerable Territorians.”