New Water Treatment Plant Officially Opens In Remote Town Of Borroloola

New Water Treatment Plant Officially Opens In Remote Town Of Borroloola

Northern Territory Minister for Renewables and Essential Services Dale Wakefield

$6.4 Million Investment In A New Water Treatment Plant For Borroloola

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government has invested $6.4 Million in a new water treatment plant to deliver high quality drinking water for the people of Borroloola.

New water treatment plant officially opened today in Borroloola, one of the most remote towns in Northern Australia. Groundwater is the town’s only water source, drawing from the Abner Sandstone Aquifer through 5 bores.



“Territory Government is creating brighter futures for Territorians in remote communities. This $6.4 Million investment in a new water treatment plant will benefit the people of Borroloola and ensure that their quality of water is of a high standard.” Minister for Renewables and Essential Services Dale Wakefield said.

“Water is a precious resource and as part of this upgrade, we have been working with the Borroloola community to raise awareness around the health benefits of drinking water as well as the conservation of water.”

While the previous water supply met Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, the potable water had slightly corrosive tendencies, which can contribute to deterioration of old lead based pipes, pumps and tanks.

“This is a great innovation and will go towards improving the quality of the town’s water supply as we move towards building new houses through our $1.1 Billion housing program, and delivering high quality essential services to the Borroloola town living area.” Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy said.

New water treatment plant improves the overall mineral balance and enhances the disinfection of water before it goes to Borroloola homes and businesses. The system is designed to supply up to 3 mega litres of improved drinking water per day in peak demand.

New water treatment plant underwent assembly and extensive testing in Darwin before installation in Borroloola by Power and Water. To overcome the geographical and logistical challenges, the upgraded water treatment plant was delivered through an innovative containerised solution.

This upgrade will secure Borroloola’s water supply system for the next 30 years and also incorporates the ability to service Garawa town camps into the future.


Borroloola Brief Facts


  • In Northern Territory of Australia, on McArthur River,
  • 50 km upstream from Gulf of Carpentaria,
  • 1,056 km (656 mi) SE of Darwin,
  • 739 km (459 mi) SE of Katherine,
  • 492 km (306 mi) W of Burketown (Queensland),
  • 387 km (240 mi) E of Daly Waters.


  • 871 people at 2016 Census,
  • 1% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,
  • 2% of people were born in Australia,
  • 79.6% of people spoke only English at home.