Rain or pain

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH­OUT a pro­longed rain over sev­eral days, the Dou­glas re­gion will be put on to wa­ter re­stric­tions within the fort­night.

Wa­ter sup­ply for Dou­glas is cur­rently around 425 ml above the weir at Rex Creek, which has risen 50 ml from last week’s rain but is still too low.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil has started their cam­paign get­ting ready for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­stric­tions and Man­ager Wa­ter Op­er­a­tions Alex Ung said the only way re­stric­tions will not hap­pen is if it rains.

‘‘We will not see too much change un­til we get four to five con­sec­u­tive days of rain in the gorge it­self to di­rectly im­pact the Rex Creek lev­els,’’ Mr Ung said.

‘‘If we con­tinue to get one or two days of rain a week the Rex Creek will prob­a­bly hold around its cur­rent lev­els - for re­stric­tions to come into place we have got to get un­der 200 ml over the weir.’’

Mr Ung said that even if we get rain in the next cou­ple of week, if it does not fall on the right spot it will not ef­fect the low­er­ing wa­ter lev­els.

‘‘It’s re­ally up to mother na­ture to say when we go into re­stric­tions, it’s very sim­i­lar to last year when I called wa­ter re­stric­tions on the day it poured with rain which lasted 24 hours,’’ he said.

‘‘We won’t put re­stric­tions in place un­less we ab­so­lutely have to, we are con­duct­ing as­sess­ments ev­ery few days and have an al­ter­nate ar­range­ment to ex­tract wa­ter out of the Moss­man River with equip­ment on standby that can be im­ple­mented within the week.

‘‘There’s two parts of re­stric­tions, not only main­tain­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal flow in the river but also the func­tion of de­mand, the rate of con­sump­tion and our abil­ity to have the sup­ply avail­able.’’

The Dou­glas re­gion will be in­formed about re­stric­tions through lo­cal me­dia, in­clud­ing the Gazette and for more in­for­ma­tion on con­serv­ing wa­ter visit www.cairns.qld.gov.au

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