$2.3m to save water
CAIRNS Regional Council wants Douglas region residents to use less water, and plans to spend $2.3 million this year helping us do just that.
The Douglas region water demand management campaign will begin in July and run for at least 12 months.
Council will offer a residential retrofit program, including subsidies for residential customers to install water-efficient showerheads and taps, and pressure management in areas with “excessively high pressure”.
Commercial customers will also be able to take advantage of “walk-through water audits” to identify opportunities to save water.
Council will also install smart meters in Port Douglas.
“This will help to save water by being able to quickly identify leaks and will give useful information on water use,” council’s general manager for water and waste Bruce Gardiner said.
There will also be public education campaign.
While it may seem bizarre to try to reduce water use when everything in the region is growing mould, the main water supply in the Douglas region very nearly ran dry in November 2009.
Rex Creek supplies water to Port Douglas and Mossman, as well as the beach suburbs of Cooya and Newell.
“Level three water restrictions were put in place and council made direct contact with resorts and the main schools to conserve water supply,” Mr Gardiner said.
“Providing a new water supply does not happen overnight and can involve significant capital cost.
“By using water more wisely we can defer the need for a new supply and also save residents and businesses money.”
Half the money will come from the Federal Government’s national water security for cities and towns project, with the other 50 per cent being provided by council.
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