Department of the Environment

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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

The Hon Warren Snowdon MP

Member for Lingiari

Alice Springs becoming water smart

Joint media release
12 July 2011
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Alice Springs will save up to 1.6 billion litres of drinking water a year as part of a two-year initiative to reduce the pressure on groundwater resources in the local aquifer.

Launching the Alice Water Smart project today, Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, said the Australian Government is providing funding of $7.49 million to the project to assist with measures including recycling and reuse of wastewater, leak reduction, efficient town irrigation, and smart metering.

“The aim of the Alice Water Smart project is to secure the long-term sustainable water supply for the Alice Springs community,” Senator Farrell said.

“These projects will reduce the rate of groundwater extraction, helping to extend the life of the local aquifer and save up to 1.6 billion litres of drinking water each year.”

The Australian Government is working in partnership with the Power and Water Corporation, the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport, Alice Springs Town Council, NT Tourism and the Arid Lands Environment Centre to roll out the $15 million project.

The project will reduce the town’s water use by 12 per cent by the end of 2012 by driving smarter, more efficient use of water in homes, business, parks and gardens.

Welcoming the initiative, the Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon MP, said the Alice Water Smart project provides an excellent opportunity to promote water conservation measures throughout the Alice Springs community in response to local water security issues.

“As a remote, arid community, the residents of Alice Springs face unique challenges and this project is vital to improve the sustainability of their finite water supply. I commend everyone involved for their commitment to reducing the town’s water use,” Mr Snowdon said.

The Alice Water Smart project is supported by the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative through the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program.

The Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative invests in urban water programs in cities, towns, and remote communities to help states, territories and local communities achieve long-term water security.

For more information on Water for the Future visit www.environment.gov.au/water