Coun­cil wants more wa­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PEREN­NIAL wa­ter short­ages and the con­se­quen­tial wa­ter re­stric­tions are driv­ing Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil to look at the po­ten­tial for more wa­ter sources.

The aim is to build bet­ter re­li­a­bil­ity, ca­pac­ity and re­silience.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said while the con­struc­tion of a new 20ML reser­voir at Craiglie, due for com­ple­tion next Jan­uary, will al­le­vi­ate some of these wa­ter stor­age is­sues, Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied ad­di­tional short and medium term ini­tia­tives to bol­ster the ca­pac­ity and re­sili- ence of the Dou­glas Shire’s wa­ter net­work.

“Port Dou­glas and Moss­man res­i­dents and busi­nesses cur­rently rely on flows from Rex Creek above Moss­man Gorge for their wa­ter sup­ply but the amount avail­able at the in­take is limited by ex­trac­tion lim­its and river flows,” Mayor Leu said.

“Coun­cil has eval­u­ated 12 po­ten­tial new in­take sites as a pos­si­ble new source to sup­ple­ment Port Dou­glas and Moss­man wa­ter sup­plies, with Site No.3 at Drum­sara Quarry on the south side of the Moss- man River be­tween Moss­man and Moss­man Gorge iden­ti­fied as the pre­ferred op­tion.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion work will con­tinue to as­sess the suit­abil­ity and vi­a­bil­ity of this site to be de­vel­oped as the ad­di­tional source for the Moss­man/Port Dou­glas sys­tem.

“Coun­cil will also fi­nalise in­ves­ti­ga­tions into supplementary sup­ply op­tions for the Dain­tree area which is im­pacted by wa­ter qual­ity is­sues dur­ing the wet sea­son.”

Other ini­tia­tives iden­ti­fied in the wa­ter strat­egy in­clude fur­ther up­grades of the waste re­cov­ery sys­tem at the Moss­man Treat­ment Plant and a project to in­ves­ti­gate, lo­cate and re­pair any sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter leaks in the Moss­man/ Port Dou­glas/Whyan­beel retic­u­la­tion sys­tem.

In the medium term, Coun­cil will also in­ves­ti­gate the vi­a­bil­ity of the retic­u­la­tion of re­cy­cled wa­ter and the in­tro­duc­tion of “smart me­ters” through­out the Dou­glas Shire.

A copy of the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil Wa­ter Sup­ply Se­cu­rity, Re­li­a­bil­ity and Re­silience Strat­egy is on its web­site www.dou­

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