Rain or pain
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