Douglas ranks as worst water users
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.