Water pipes in foreground with red, scrubby landscape.
First Nations water security
Estimated cost
$15.3 million

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($11.1 million) and the Northern Territory Government ($4.2 million). Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.

Water pipes in foreground with red, scrubby landscape.

The project is expected to produce significant water savings by preventing leakage and providing increased transfer capacity. Image credit: Power and Water Corporation.

Project overview

The Yuendumu Water Security and Supply Strategy addresses the severe risk of water source failure in Yuendumu, in central Northern Territory. It also supports development opportunities within the remote Aboriginal community.

The project is a construction package of 3 water infrastructure projects, which will provide greater water security. Work includes:

  • water service line replacement
  • installation of pumping equipment to allow operation of 2 existing bores
  • a rising main replacement to ensure water can be taken from a pump upwards and delivered where needed.

Benefits of the project include:

  • expected significant water savings from fixing and preventing leaks  
  • support for housing development by increasing the amount of water that can be transferred through the network
  • more water availability due to additional bores.

These benefits will support long term growth in the community.

Key project benefits

First Nations access
Local community
Water security