Douglas Shire Council Water and Wastewater operates three drinking water supply schemes that source water from highly protected catchments and treat water to Australian Drinking Water Guideline standards.

Many of the extraction locations are in pristine rainforest and relatively untouched by human activity.

Once extracted, raw water is treated at Council’s treatment plants and then stored in treated water reservoirs so it is “on tap” when required at homes, schools and businesses throughout the region.

Mossman, North Mossman, Port Douglas, Craiglie, Newell Beach, Cooya Beach, Cassowary and Mowbray communities are supplied with water from Rex Creek. This water is treated at the Mossman Water Treatment Plant.

Whyanbeel, Miallo, Bamboo, Rocky Point, Port Douglas Views and Wonga Beach communities are supplied with water from Little Falls Creek. This water is treated at the Whyanbeel Water Treatment Plant.

The Daintree Township is supplied from Intake Creek. This water is treated at the Daintree Water Treatment Plant.

Douglas Drinking Water Quality Management Plan Report

The Douglas Drinking Water Management Report 2018-2019 documents the performance of Douglas Shire Council as a Drinking Water Service Provider (SPID 558) during the financial year 2018-2019. Council is operating under an approved Drinking Water Quality Management Plan (DWQMP) to ensure consistent supply of safe drinking water in order to protect public health and as required under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008.

The report provides a mechanism to report publicly on the performance in managing drinking water services and drinking water quality.