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Darwin River Dam Open Day a great success!

Last weekend’s rain didn’t deter the crowds from attending the Darwin River Dam Open Day with over 600 people from the Darwin region attending the event.

Power and Water’s Living Water Smart invited the Darwin community to the dam to show where their valuable water comes from, how it gets to their tap and why we all need to be water efficient.

Visitors enjoyed an escorted tour over the 500m long dam wall with a Power and Water technical specialist, who explained the challenges and steps involved in ensuring a high quality water supply for the community.

Michael Thomson, Chief Executive of Power and Water attended the event on Saturday and praised staff who volunteered their time.

“Twenty volunteers from Power and Water were on hand to help out at what is one of our key infrastructure sites, ensuring visitors had a safe and enjoyable experience,” he said.

"Many of our visitors were surprised to learn about some of the challenges we face with our water supply, such as extreme levels of evaporation from the dam, Darwin’s population growth and demand and climate variability.

"Visitors also viewed the impressive spillway where the dam can fill and spill during a good wet season.

"Last wet season, because of lower rain levels, the dam did not spill indicating how unreliable our climate can be and how this affects our dam levels. 

"If we have two or three wet seasons like this in a row, our water supply will get lower and the best way to make it sustainable is to be more water efficient.

"Being National Water Week, it provided a great opportunity for a public event at Darwin River Dam to help the public develop a better understanding of Darwin’s water story.

"It was pleasing to see many staff across Power and Water put up their hands to volunteer their time to make it happen.

"By all accounts, feedback and engagement from the community, including local bird watchers was very positive.”

Through Living Water Smart, Power and Water is helping the Darwin region save water to protect Darwin’s water supply into the future.