$2.3m to save wa­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

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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