The Power and Water Corporation is building a wine-glass shaped elevated water tank in Palmerston (NT) to provide a secure water supply to the region.
The water tank will measure 28.5m in diameter and be able to hold the equivalent of 1.5 olympic swimming pools of water.
NT Minister for Essential Services, Peter Chandler, said the project is fantastic achievement for Palmerston and its water supply.
“The new wine-glass shaped water tank is being built to provide a secure water supply to the growing population of Bellamack, Zuccoli, Roseberry, Johnston and Palmerston South,” Mr Chandler said.
“The Palmerston area has an annual growth rate of five per cent and this means local water infrastructure must be upgraded to accommodate future demand.”
Power and Water Corporation General Manager Water Services, John Pudney, said constructing the new elevated water storage tank will cost $13.91million but will save money in the long run.
“The final wine glass design will create increased efficiencies in use, cost and maintenance, as well as improve the aesthetics,” Mr Pudney said.
“The tank will be built to withstand cyclonic winds and earthquakes, and once complete, will stand at 36m high.”
Construction work commenced in April 2015 and completion is expected in July 2016.