Level 1 Water Restrictions are now ON.
Douglas Shire is on Level 1 Water Restrictions as of Wednesday 20 October 2021 due to hot and dry weather in the region.
Council is encouraging the community to implement water wise strategies in the home and backyard, including the use of sprinklers/irrigation systems to water the garden overnight on three days per week only.
Learn how to save water around the home by visiting the Queensland Government website for more information.
Rex Creek Intake Level – ‘Know the Flow’
The Rex Creek intake provides water to the Mossman-Port Douglas Scheme, which has a much higher demand and becomes less reliable during prolonged dry periods.
When the intake level continues to drop, Council imposes water restrictions to encourage a reduction in water usage and ease demand to allow the intake to provide water for longer in the event no further rainfall occurs.
The below graph shows the intake levels since the start of 2019.
Along with residents, the Rex Creek Intakes services the the 426,000 overnight visitors, along with 262,000 day visitors, who come to Port Douglas each year. The intake also services hundreds of tourism-dependant hotels, resorts and short-term accommodation providers in the Shire, along with the landscaping and horticultural-based businesses that service them.
Historically, the allowable take of water from Rex Creek has been reduced by the dry season, which typically extends from May to October, coinciding with peak tourism season and increased demand. In recent years, hot seasonal weather has extended late into December.
The below graph shows water usage under the Port Douglas-Mossman Scheme since the start of 2019.
Annual Rainfall Data
Rainfall in the wet tropics is concentrated from November to May each year. The rainfall averages shown are for
Port Douglas, which has the longest record, but data from Daintree, Whyanbeel and Mossman indicates a very similar pattern.