An identified future shortfall of one billion litres (1GL) each year in the peak of the tourist and dry season is being addressed to ensure water security for the region. With changing climatic patterns and no guarantee that existing extraction sites will remain viable all year, a long-term water storage option with a capacity of at least 1GL is critical in meeting current and future demand from the Shire’s growing population.
Long term water security is essential for economic growth and prosperity, supporting Council’s Economic Development Strategy for the Douglas Shire.
As opposed to a traditional dam, the storage reservoir would not be built on a watercourse and is more akin to an artificial lake.
With an estimated daily supplement of 10ML (over the peak period of demand) and allowing for losses due to evaporation, it is estimated the storage reserve would need to have a capacity of 1,000 Megalitres (ML) or 1 Gigalitre (GL).
Cost of Project
- Feasibility study: $65K
- Detailed design: TBA
- Construction: TBA
Council has engaged a consultant to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study to fully explore options and cost estimates to resolve the 1GL annual shortfall, which is set to be finalised in 2021.
Through the feasibility study, Council will investigate possible linkages with other regional water security projects currently being considered or developed in FNQ.
Depending on the outcome of the feasibility study, Council would look to commence a detailed design of the preferred solution.