Coun­cil drops re­stric­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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