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Quality water in sight for community of Jigalong

Date posted: 22 January 2014

The Indigenous community of Jigalong, a town in the remote Pilbara in north-west Western Australia, is expected to have access to better quality water by mid this year.

Currently, most of Jigalong's 500 residents rely on bottled water because their tap water contains high levels of nitrate and is often unsafe to drink.

$10 million was allocated by the West Australian Government in 2012 to fix the town's water and electricity problems, but delays in securing a contractor have held up the project. However the Department of Housing say the town can now expect quality water in June, with a Perth company being selected to design, supply and construct a water treatment unit.

Source: ABC Indigenous


Last updated: 22 January 2014
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