Water is essential to life and is a valuable natural resource in the Northern Territory.
Water data portal
Water data portal
Bores, drilling and dams
- Bore construction
Information on bore construction, including siting a bore, parts of a bore and a list of NT licensed bore drillers.
- Apply for bore construction permit
Application for a bore construction permit, example of a bore site, list of NT drilling companies and licensed bore drillers.
- Water drilling licences
Water drilling licence classes and responsibilities, GPS coordinates for bores and statements of bore.
- Apply, renew or upgrade a water drilling licence
How to apply, renew, upgrade or transfer a water bore drilling licence in the Northern Territory.
- Apply for permit to construct dam or alter waterway
When and how to get a permit to construct a dam or alter construction works within a waterway.
Water resources of the NT
- Contact Water Resources
Contact details for the Water Resources regional offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.
- Flooding: riverine and storm surge
Information on riverine flooding and storm surge after cyclones in the Northern Territory.
Groundwater information and data, climate and the types of aquifers in the Northern Territory.
- Surface water
Climatic zones, drainage divisions and Northern Territory surface water use and data.
- Water control districts
Maps and information for the water control districts in the Northern Territory.
- Beneficial uses: water resources
Information on water quality and beneficial use declarations including the seven use categories, the process of declaration and where beneficial uses have been declared.
- Strategic Aboriginal Water Reserves
Information on Strategic Aboriginal Water Reserves including policy framework and water allocation planning.
Water information systems
- Water licensing portal
Get information about decisions for all current water allocation licences in the Northern Territory.
- Appeal a water licence decision
How to submit an appeal to review a water licence application decision.
- Water extraction licences
Responsibilities of water extraction licence holders and information on water meters, water trading, moving properties and advertising licence applications.
- Apply for water extraction licence
When and how to apply for a licence to take or use surface water or groundwater.
- Approved water extraction licences
List of approved groundwater and surface water extraction licences in the Northern Territory.
- Water meter reading form
If you have a water extraction licence in the Northern Territory you need to submit monthly water meter readings.
- Review of water extraction licences
Find out more about the review in to water extraction licences in the NT.
Water and your health
- Private water supply management
Safe drinking water in private water supplies for homes and businesses.
- Private water supply testing
Testing and reading microbiological analysis of drinking water in private water supplies.
- Public health guidelines for swimming pool operators
Guidelines to make sure your aquatic facility is safe for use by the public.
- Rainwater tanks
How to manage private water supplies like rainwater tanks to be safe and drinkable.