DOUGLAS Shire Council is urging residents and businesses to limit water-use to drinking and cooking.
The Mossman Water Treatment Plant is slowly returning to full production capacity, but it will be at least 48 hours before reservoir levels are restored to normal capacity
Reservoir levels for the Mossman and Port Douglas scheme are at critical lows.
- Most river levels are falling this morning including the Mossman and Daintree Rivers
- Very heavy rainfall again impacted the Shire overnight with Mossman continuing to get extremely heavy falls.
- Rainfall in Mossman over the past 78 hours is 674mm
Mossman water plant re-started about 5am this morning.
Water storage supplies are at critical low levels and people need to restrict water usage and allow the supplies to be maintained.
Where possible water needs to be restricted to use for cooking and drinking.
Throughout the night consistent heavy rain falls in the upper catchment resulted in a number of intake blockages and high raw water turbidity events at the Rex creek intake.
There has been very limited production from the Mossman water plant due to the constant shutdowns.
Whyanbeel and Daintree water plants are still off due to the high raw water turbidity levels in the respective intakes.
The reservoir levels for the Mossman and Port Douglas scheme are at critical lows.
The Mossman water plant is slowly returning to full production capacity but it will be at least 48 hours prior to reservoir levels being restored to normal capacity.
Any further heavy rain falls would prove detrimental to recovery efforts.
There has been no impacts to consumer water quality and we are relying on existing reservoir storage levels to meet demand and limited production from the Mossman water plant.
Mossman Reservoir : 14%
Port Reservoir : 16%
Craiglie Reservoir: 21% (Main Port Douglas supply)
Whyanbeel Reservoir : 46% (supplies Wonga)
Daintree Reservoir : 69% (Daintree Township)
Many roads were again cut through heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon and overnight, including the Mossman –Daintree Road at Foxton Bridge.
Crews are still surveying the situation, but the Foxton Bridge is open this morning.
Landslips and road damage has occurred in a number of areas and tree falls have also caused issues.
Crews are still assessing road conditions and people should restrict travel in wet conditions and drive with caution if they are travelling.
Please obey road signage and don’t drive in floodwaters.
Thanks to our crews maintaining our water supply systems, unblocking water intakes in torrential rain, maintaining sewage treatment plants and water treatment plants and keeping our roads usable.