Turning up the waterworks

WGA AU | Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec - Photo: Turning up the waterworks

Did you know that WGA has the engineering contract for the water and wastewater headworks in 72 remote communities in the Northern Territory?

This work, with the NT-based Power and Water Corporation (PowerWater), supports Federal and NT Government programs to build more subdivisions and housing.

With the start of the dry season, we have begun gearing up for dozens of water infrastructure design and construction projects. Drones, maps, 4WD recovery tools and fishing lures get packed, and we head out to remote communities and places well away from tourist tracks.

WGA Civil Engineer Jerry Chi has recently been down to the community of Nauiyu on the Daly River, the traditional lands of the Malak Malak people. WGA helped PowerWater look at options to replace ageing water tanks in poor condition due to flooding and helped to remove safety risks.

NT Director Andrew McLeod and Graduate Electrical Engineer Uday Kandragula flew out to Milyakbura, Warnindilyakwa land, on the stunning Bickerton Island. Whilst there, they reviewed the water infrastructure and are now designing upgrades to replace a tank which has corroded in the tropical weather.

The Darwin Water and Civil Team will be managing several remote water infrastructure projects this dry season, including new borefields, supply mains, tanks, and sewage pumping stations in Umbakumba, Angurugu, Beswick, Milingimbi, Wadeye, Yirrkala and Maningrida.

These projects make a #positive difference to the people in these communities. While doing so, we get to see remote and beautiful places across the NT and meet some amazing Traditional Owners and locals.