MIDNIGHT thunder storms and solid rainfall has reduced pressure on water levels and Council is downgrading Water Restrictions to Level 1, effective Wednesday 8 January, 2020.

Intake levels at Rex Creek rose to 550mm over the weekend, before settling at a more conservative 250mm this morning.

In comparison, intake levels dropped to below 100mm at its lowest point during Level 3 Water Restrictions in December.

While the latest Climate Outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology continues to predict a dry January for Northern Queensland, recent tropical rainfalls have assisted in topping up levels.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said that Council will continue to monitor the Shire’s water resources and commended the community’s restraint in its water usage.

“Council is encouraged by the support of the community in significantly reducing their consumption since Level 3 Water Restrictions were imposed in November,” she said.

“We’d like to thank everyone for working so hard to tighten their taps and be water wise during an unusually dry period.

“With extreme weather events playing out all over the country, it’s clear that water really is one of our most valuable resources.”

While Level 1 Water Restrictions allows the use of sprinklers and irrigation systems, they must only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm and 8pm on alternate days.

EVEN-numbered houses or not prescribed street number: Wed, Fri, Sun
ODD-numbered houses: Tue, Thu, Sat

Irrigation systems are NOT permitted on Mondays.

Previous exemptions are now invalid, unless otherwise communicated by Council.

Find out what Level 1 Water Restrictions means for you by visiting the Water Restrictions page on Council’s website.

How much water do you use?

There are simple ways to find out how much water your household uses:

  • Check your water bill. This will show how much water your household uses per day and the daily average use for households in your local area.
  • Check your water meter. Make a note of your meter reading and check it again a week later. Divide this amount by 7 to estimate the daily use for your household.
  • Undertake a home water audit (PDF, 116KB)
  • Check for leaks at your property.