The latest national survey shows the country is on track for its first water crisis since the Great Barrier Reef was first damaged by COVID-19 in 1997.
Key points: An unprecedented number of households and businesses in the Northern Territory are experiencing water stress over the past year The Northern Territory’s Northern Waterway Authority has been overwhelmed with calls for help and has issued an emergency declaration for the entire regionWater stress has forced many to close down their businesses and leave homesWater shortages have become a major issue in the NT, with communities in the area facing an unprecedented number and number of water stress calls.
It has led to an unprecedented amount of water consumption, with households in the region consuming nearly four times the amount of available water than the national average.
“There’s been an extraordinary rise in water consumption,” Dr John Linnell, a water expert with the Northern Waterways Authority, told ABC Radio NT.
“We’ve got the worst water demand in the country and it’s got to stop.”‘
The biggest water crisis’Northern Territory chief executive officer for health, Dr Mark Renton, has declared a water crisis across the region and warned people not to leave homes for fear of the spread of COVID.
“The water crisis is the biggest water stress that we’ve had in Northern Territory in quite some time,” Dr Renton said.
“So, the water crisis has impacted everyone.”
Dr Renton told ABC News he has heard from hundreds of people about the strain on their lives, including children.
“People who have a family, children, grandparents, grandparents and friends, that’s what’s driving this crisis,” he said.
Mr Renton has issued a nationwide water stress declaration for all of the Northern Territories, with the state’s water authority set to receive almost a million calls in the coming days.
“In a matter of weeks, that number is going to double,” Dr Linnella said.
Water stress and water rationing: Dr Lindell said it was too early to tell how widespread the water stress in the Territory would be, but said it would be the “biggest water stress” in the state for years.
“It’s a serious situation.
People are really worried about what’s going to happen to their drinking water,” he told ABC NT.
Water shortages and pollutionThe Northern Territory Waterways Agency has been inundated with calls from businesses and households about the impact the crisis is having on their water supply.
“A number of businesses and businesses have come in and asked us to make sure they have access to water,” Dr Ann Taylor, chief executive of the NT Waterways, told the ABC.
“I’ve seen many businesses are getting a water supply that they didn’t need for some time.”
She said many households were now running short of water, with some businesses having had to shut down due to water pressure.
“Businesses have been getting water pressure in excess of 90 millilitres per liter, so they’re not getting water, they’re being forced to turn off their water and water pressure,” Dr Taylor said.’
We have no choice’The NT Waterway Agency has issued two water stress declarations across the Northern Rivers region, which means water supplies in communities like Kallang and Rockingham have been cut off.
“Many businesses are closing and they’re saying we can’t get water, so we’ve got to get a lot of people to turn up at the water points,” Dr Jules Brown, the NT’s water resources manager, told The ABC.
Dr Brown said many of the affected communities were struggling to provide for their water needs, with many residents resorting to drinking water bottles and straws, instead of drinking from wells.
“For a number of communities we’re seeing people getting water through their taps, but it’s not enough, so that’s really just not enough,” she said.
Dr Linnelly said people in affected communities would have to ration water and have their taps shut down to ensure supplies were not depleted.
“You can’t be running out of water,” she told ABC radio NT.
She said she expected the water shortages and polluted water to become more common in the months ahead.
“Our water quality has not been good for quite some of these communities.
We have no other choice,” she warned.
The NT’s Northern Rivers Authority is on the front line of the crisis.
The Northern Water Waters Authority has also been overwhelmed by calls for water.
“At this point, we’re just getting water requests from businesses all the time,” Mr Renton explained.
“Some of the people that have called us have had water pressure levels that are out of order, and they have had to turn it off.”
Dr Taylor said the Northern Waters Authority was in touch with the NT Government and the Northern River Authority to help resolve the crisis, and urged the Northern Islands to follow suit.
“When it comes to water supply, we can all do our bit and help out, so people don’t have to suffer for that,” she concluded.”But the