Council wants more water
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.douglas.qld.gov.au.