Wa­ter on DSC’s agenda for cap­i­tal works

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IT’S not just the new Port Dou­glas reser­voir that’s on coun­cil’s agenda lately when it comes to wa­ter.

Coun­cil is look­ing at ex­ten­sive and highly sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter sys­tem up­grades over com­ing years.

Sub­ject to coun­cil ap­proval, DSC’s cap­i­tal pro­gram will in­clude an im­proved in­take at Rex Creek, an ad­di­tional wa­ter source in the Moss­man River up­stream of Anich’s Bridge, two crit­i­cal revet­ments walls at the Moss­man Wastew­a­ter plant, and a du­pli­ca­tion of the wastew­a­ter plant clar­i­fier.

The Rex Creek in­take, which serves Port Dou­glas and Moss­man, suf­fers clog­ging from sand and high tur­bid­ity which in ma­jor storm events means the wa­ter sys­tem has to be shut down. Var­i­ous mea­sures will aim to im­prove screens, sand scour­ing and tur­bid­ity, in­clud­ing mon­i­tor­ing.

At Drum­sara Quarry on the Moss­man River, coun­cil has iden­ti­fied a spot where it may in­stall a sub­merged river bed in­take, which will add to the shire’s wa­ter re­silience op­tions.

At the wastew­a­ter plant, the Moss­man River and the South Moss­man River are se­ri­ously erod­ing two side of the prop­erty which lead to the con­flu­ence of the rivers.

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