In response to the current drought conditions and associated reduction in domestic water supplies within some outback communities, the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has made the decision to facilitate easier access to drinking water by reducing the cost of drinking water from the OCA Outback Water Station (OWS) located in several locations across the outback.

All community members are encouraged to use the OWS, however users are asked to respect the valuable resource and use the water for human consumption only.

Water Charges are now 2 litres - $1.00; 5 litres - $1.50 and 20 litres - $2.00 (note: 20 litres only avaiable at Marla and Oodandatta water station).

Operation of the OWS remains unchanged, simply follow the instructions posted on the water station.  The OCA will review the decision in April 2020. The travelling public are being encouraged to use water from alternative sources, however if they are in need of water from the OWS, they are should only take sufficient water to meet their immediate need.

Other forms of drought relief are offered by various agencies, both State and Federal. More information on those option can be found here.