Alice Springs Desert Smart Water Plan


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Alice Springs, NT

Total funding: Total project cost of $15 million, with funding of $7.49 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns (NWSPCT) and the remaining funding provided by consortium members.

About the project

The Alice Water Smart project comprises an integrated suite of practical water conservation projects. These include: increasing the capacity and quality of recycled wastewater for use in the community, water audits for homes and businesses, pressure management, water conservation and leak reduction, efficient town irrigation, smart metering and rebates and retrofits. The project aims to secure the long-term sustainability of Alice Springs by saving potable water and extending the life of the finite local groundwater resource.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • save up to 1600 million litres of potable water each year,
  • decrease the rate of groundwater extraction, and
  • educate and promote awareness of water conservation and water security throughout the Alice Springs community.


Project commenced on 24 February 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2013.