DOUGLAS Shire Council has announced restrictions on using garden irrigation systems and sprinklers in a bid to reduce water consumption in the region.
Level one water restrictions are now on and Council is encouraging everyone to focus on reducing water usage, particularly in backyard and gardens.
Water intake levels have dropped to 300mm, which is a 60% reduction in flow over the past month.
The restrictions follow the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook which indicates a drier than average period through to November this year.
Douglas Shire Deputy Mayor Abigail Noli said it was very pleasing to see that, considering the region has already had a long dry spell, Douglas Shire communities have shown restraint in water usage.
She is urging residents and businesses to continue to do their bit by consciously monitoring their day to day water use.
“Council encourages everyone – from tourists, to locals, to resorts and holiday house owners – to think about how they can reduce their water usage, particularly in their backyards and gardens,” she said.
“Being Water Wise in your everyday lives is crucial to ensuring we can avoid further restrictions through the dry period.
“Spreading mulch on your garden and watering early or late in the day to reduce evaporation are key tips to help maintain an attractive garden and save water.”
Residents still have time to go to Killaloe and Newell Beach Transfer Stations to take advantage of Council’s free mulch giveaway, which will finish at the end of today.
Level one water restrictions only allow irrigation systems and sprinklers to be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm on alternate days. (See below)
EVEN-numbered houses or not prescribed street number:
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Irrigation systems are NOT permitted on Mondays.
Based on previous water meter calculations, Council estimates that Port Douglas accounts for 65% of consumption for all of Douglas Shire.
Average daily water consumption has experienced its usual increase for the peak tourist season.
August: 11.4 ML/day
September: 12.2 ML/day
For comparison, the average daily water consumption in December 2018 was 8.7 ML/day.
The primary source of drinking water is from the Rex Creek Intake, located at the Mossman Gorge. This supplies water for Port Douglas, Cooya Beach, Cassowary, Mowbray, Newell Beach and Mossman.
The Queensland Government has many water wise resources available to assist residents and business in reducing their water usage.
You can see these tips at https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/water/residence/use