Water Quality Monitoring

In order to gain a better understanding of ground water quality in the Darwin area, a partnership project to monitor ground water in the Darwin municipal area was agreed to between City of Darwin and the Water Recourses Division of the Department of Natural Resources Environment The Arts and Sport (NRETAS) in late 2005.

Following a desk top exercise, several existing bores and six new drill sites were identified as suitable locations for the monitoring program. These locations were chosen in order to ensure that adequate coverage of sampling sites were situated throughout the Darwin metropolitan area. Subsequent inspection of these sites were undertaken by staff from Council and NRETAS and their locations were logged on GPS.

The sampling of bores in the Darwin municipality is currently being undertaken by City of Darwin. Bore water samples are collected and analysed for pH, EC, TDS, Temp, Alk, TSS, nutrients and heavy metals. Standing water levels measured and general site conditions are noted for future reference.

City of Darwin also undertakes the regular monitoring of surface water bodies such as Lake Alexander and the public swimming pools at Nightcliff, Parap and Casuarina. 

For more information on water quality monitoring please contact City of Darwin on 08 8930 0618 or email darwin@darwin.nt.gov.au

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