Dou­glas ranks as worst water users

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

RES­I­DEN­TIAL water us­age in the Dou­glas re­gion ranks among the high­est in Aus­tralia at around 600 litres per per­son daily.

This com­pares to Cairns, which recorded 400 litres per per­son per day and Bris­bane where the fig­ure drops to 230 litres per per­son per day. Non-res­i­den­tial us­age is also high in the Dou­glas re­gion, with more than 800 litres per per­son per day be­ing used.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil water and waste man­ager Bruce Gar­diner said the high water us­age could be partly at­trib­uted to the tourist trade.

“Peo­ple are com­ing here for hol­i­days and kick­ing back and not giv­ing a lot of thought to the water they are us­ing be­cause they are away from home and out­side their nor­mal rou­tine,” he said.

“We are not on about re­strict­ing peo­ple’s life­styles but our water is a fi­nite re­source and we must save it and use it wisely at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.”

Mean­while, 610 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties have taken ad­van­tage of coun­cil’s pro­gram to re­duce water con­sump­tion and signed up for the water-re­duc­ing free shower heads while over 60 com­mer­cial premises have sought ad­vice.

“A re­port is cur­rently be­ing pre­pared by coun­cil on the pos­si­bil­ity of the Sher­a­ton, which has about 300 rooms, in­stalling its own rain­wa­ter tanks to help them with their water ef­fi­ciency use,” Mr Gar­diner said.

For more de­tails on how to reg­is­ter for the free water-sav­ing pro­gram, call the coun­cil on 1800 070 444 or visit the shopfront in Macrossan St.

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