Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service & Walgett Shire Council is being supported by YN to improve public access throughout Walgett to chilled high quality drinking water.
Our Food and Water For Life Project so far has leveraged the expert knowledge of The George Institute's Associate Professor Jacquie Webster and Director of UNSW Global Water Institute Professor Greg Leslie to assist Walgett Shire Council and the NSW Government to install a reverse osmosis system in the Walgett water treatment plant, to ensure safer levels of sodium in Walgett's drinking water. We are assured by the NSW Govt that this plant will be installed by the end of 2019. Jacqui Webster and Greg Leslie are also pressing ahead with their colleagues and governments on a major public health initiative to introduce an Australian National Drinking Water guideline for healthy levels of sodium in drinking water.
In November 2019, Yuwaya Ngarra-li brought UNSW Built Environment colleague, industrial designer Gonzalo Portas, and landscape architect Louise MacKenzie to Walgett to receive briefings from the Walgett community so they can draft suitable designs for chilled drinking water kiosks. They are being assisted by Greg Leslie who is designing how they will work. In December 2019, their draft designs will be endorsed by Dharriwaa Elders Group and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service, and submitted to Walgett Shire Council. We hope that Commonwealth and NSW drought funding opportunities will enable the installation of the drinking water kiosks before the end of Walgett's long summer.