Water is one of our planet’s most precious resources, and ensuring a secure supply into the future is vital. But bringing reliable supplies of clean drinking water into remote communities often poses significant challenges.
Borroloola is one of Australia’s most remote Indigenous communities, located around 1000 kilometres from Darwin and almost eight hours by road from the nearest major town. Power and Water Corporation had long supplied the township’s population of 900 people with potable water sourced from groundwater bores. While it met Australian standards, the treated water’s corrosive tendencies unfortunately meant it was damaging infrastructure and threatening water quality and long-term security.
Providing reliable and safe water for Borroloola ‘s community into the future was an important priority for the NT Government utility. In 2012, it commenced investigating smart solutions to meet current and future demand and overcome the unprecedented geographical, climatic and logistical challenges of the location.
In 2017, a joint venture between SUEZ and Goodline was awarded the contract to design and construct the new $6.4 million Borroloola Water Treatment Plant (WTP), following the partnership’s successful delivery of Australia’s first biological filtration water treatment plant at Adelaide River
two years prior.