Planning for the Darwin Rural Area

A complex matrix of 110 groundwater systems underlie the Darwin Rural Area.

Groundwater in the area is used for:

  • rural domestic water supply
  • public water supply to augment reticulated water supply (which services Darwin and parts of the Darwin Rural Area)
  • irrigated horticulture (such as mango production and market garden vegetables)
  • industrial purposes.

Subdivision for rural living and horticultural development has increased demand on groundwater in the rural area.

Since 1980, the number of bores extracting water in the Darwin Rural Area has increased from 540 to approximately 5300.

Early work undertaken by the department and the Howard Water Advisory Committee will inform future water planning in the area.

Last updated: 28 June 2022

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