No more water restrictions as reservoirs fill in Douglas Shire
The Douglas Shire is free of all water restrictions after the Douglas Shire Council lifted water restrictions on January 2, 2019.
In announcing how pleased that our reservoirs are full; Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said Council would still like to encourage residents to continue being water wise.
“We are all required to be smart with our water usage as extreme weather can strike at any time,” she said in a statement to Newsport today.
“For example, heavy rain can cause high volumes of water containing silt, sand and vegetation to block the intakes and stop a full flow of water to the treatment plants.
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"These high turbidity levels slow down the water treatment process, required to make clean and safe water,” she said.
Cr Leu said water couldn’t be added to the reservoirs if it is not clean and safe.
“The new Port Douglas Water Supply Reservoir was built to give us greater resilience during extreme weather events.
“The new reservoir boosts Douglas Shire’s resilience by providing an extra 2-3 days’ supply of treated water when the Rex Creek Intake is blocked.
"Port Douglas uses on average about 7ML per day and the Port Douglas Reservoir holds 20ML,” she said.
DOUGLAS WATER SUPPLY SOURCES:
Douglas Shire Council currently extracts raw water from three locations from Daintree in the north to Mossman in the south.
REX CREEK: Mossman, North Mossman, Port Douglas, Newell Beach, Cooya Beach, Cassowary and Mowbray communities. This water is treated at the Mossman Water Treatment Plant.
LITTLE FALLS CREEK: Miallo, Rocky Point, Port Douglas Views and Wonga communities. This water is treated at the Whyanbeel Water Treatment Plant.
INTAKE CREEK: The Daintree and surrounding communities. This water is treated at the Daintree Water Treatment Plant.
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