Council will investigate an additional potential water source for Mossman and Port Douglas as part of its water supply security, reliability and resilience strategy.
The strategy has been developed to address issues surrounding water supply security, reliability and resilience in the Douglas Shire which suffers annually from water shortage-imposed restrictions.
Mayor Julia Leu said that while the construction of a new 20ML reservoir at Craiglie, due for completion in January 2018, will alleviate some of these water storage issues, Council has identified a number of additional short and medium term initiatives to bolster the capacity and resilience of the Douglas Shire’s water network.
“Port Douglas and Mossman residents and businesses currently rely on flows from Rex Creek above Mossman Gorge for their water supply but the amount available at the intake is limited by extraction limits and river flows,” Mayor Leu said.
“Council has evaluated 12 potential new intake sites as a possible new source to supplement Port Douglas and Mossman water supplies, with Site No.3 at Drumsara Quarry on the south side of the Mossman River between Mossman and Mossman Gorge identified as the preferred option.
“Investigation work will continue to assess the suitability and viability of this site to be developed as the additional source for the Mossman/Port Douglas system.
“Council will also finalise investigations into supplementary supply options for the Daintree area which is impacted by water quality issues during the wet season.”
Other initiatives identified in the water strategy include further upgrades of the waste recovery system at the Mossman Treatment Plant and a project to investigate, locate and repair any significant water leaks in the Mossman/Port Douglas/Whyanbeel reticulation system.
In the medium term, Council will also investigate the viability of the reticulation of recycled water and the introduction of “smart meters” throughout the Douglas Shire.
“Water supply security, reliability and resilience are some of the biggest issues facing communities around the world and despite our high annual rainfall, a number of factors mean the Douglas Shire remains vulnerable to water network disruptions,” Mayor Leu said.
“This strategy goes a long way to addressing these concerns and providing a framework that delivers better and more environmentally-friendly solutions for improved access to clean, safe water now and for future generations.”
Click on the following link to see the Council report on the Douglas Shire Council Water Supply Security, Reliability and Resilience Strategy.