The Darwin River Dam is due to receive a new pump station to be built to ensure a sustainable and secure water supply for Territorians.

Northern Territory Power and Water has awarded the design and construction tender for the new Darwin River Dam pump station to McMahon Services Australia (NT).

Northern Territory Minister for Essential Services, Selena Uibo, said, “Darwin’s new pump station will provide increased water security and complement two other initiatives – the Manton Dam Return to Service and Adelaide River Off-stream Water Storage projects – to meet increased demand from population and industry growth.”

The pump station is located at Darwin River Dam, about 70km south of Darwin. Construction is expected to start in February 2023, with completion estimated in 2025. The project is due to employ over 100 people, including sub-contractors, to work onsite during the design and build phases.

The pump station is part of a $36 million multi-year project investment, which will deliver increased pumping capacity to support water supply security for future growth in the region.

Member for Daly, Dheran Young said, “Water security is an issue that has been regularly raised with me by locals and I am delighted the Territory Labor Government is delivering solutions.”

Currently, 85 per cent of the Darwin Region’s water supply comes from Darwin River Dam, which was built in 1972, with the remaining 15 per cent sourced from the McMinns and Howard East borefields.

Power and Water’s Executive General Manager Water Service, Steven Porter, said, “The new pump station is one of our highest priority water capital projects and I look forward to working with the team to deliver an even more reliable water future for the Darwin community.”

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