Beneficial water use

An important part of water quality management is to identify how the community values and uses a water resource.

Beneficial uses describe how a water resource benefits the community.

In the Northern Territory (NT) beneficial uses or values have been set for major aquifers and river catchments. These values are then used to set water quality targets.

For more information about beneficial uses of water resources go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Beneficial use declarations form part of the legislative framework that assists in protecting and managing the Northern Territory’s water resources. The community decides how a particular water body should be used by choosing one or more beneficial use categories.

Last updated: 18 September 2019

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