Douglas Shire Council has purchased land with the intention to build a new reservoir on the site to secure the future of the Port Douglas water supply.
The new site, off Ferrero Rd, was chosen because of its proximity to Port Douglas as well as its elevated position and suitability for geotechnical requirements.
Mayor Julia Leu said Council is now seeking funding contributions from the State and Federal Governments to build the new 22-megalitre reservoir, which will more than triple Port Douglas’ existing water reserves.
“All design and modelling requirements have been completed and the total estimated project cost for the new reservoir is around $12 million,” Mayor Leu said.
“The new reservoir would overcome both the storage shortfall identified with the existing 10-megalitre reservoir in Craiglie and reduce operational costs in the long-term.
“Due to the low level of the existing reservoir, all water has to be pumped from this elevation whereas from the new site it can be gravity-fed, saving an estimated $10,000 a month in electricity costs.
“The new reservoir would also provide long-term storage capacity required to service population growth and increased demands and would greatly reduce any impact of natural disaster events on the Port Douglas water supply.”
Council has identified several State and Federal Government funding opportunities which the reservoir is eligible for.