Council drops restrictions
ALL water restrictions in Douglas Shire have been lifted, following the weekend’s rain.
The first monsoonal rains of 2017 enabled the shire to drop its Level 2 restrictions.
Mayor Leu said an analysis of water and wastewater data over recent months showed residents and businesses in the Douglas Shire did a fantastic job reducing their water consumption while restrictions were in place.
“Water consumption trends fell steadily to acceptable levels once water restrictions were enforced from early November last year,” Mayor Leu said.
“As an example, consumption dropped on the day Level 1 restrictions were introduced by 3392kL and by 1185kL on the day Level 2 restrictions were introduced compared to previous weeks.
“The overall trend shows the positive impact water restrictions have on consumption, with more stringent enforcement of these water restrictions by Council Officers also contributing to the positive result.”
“Interestingly, our wastewater data also showed there were much higher visitor numbers over the school holiday period compared to the previous year, with an average daily increase of 2500 people in the Douglas Shire over the peak period.
“This is a fabulous outcome for our local tourism industry.”