Plea to be wa­ter wise

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Con­tin­ued from Page 1

“The BOM has sent us a clear mes­sage to pre­pare for a dry spell and this means get­ting Dou­glas Shire to be more wa­ter wise than ever.”

The shire has the high­est wa­ter con­sump­tion per capita out of all coun­cil ar­eas in Far North Queens­land, at about 1260 litres per capita per day.

For com­par­i­son, Cairns uses 418l and Townsville 860l per capita per day.

Level three wa­ter re­stric­tions strictly pro­hibit us­ing sprin­klers and ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem on gar­dens and only al­lows hand-wa­ter­ing from 6am to 7am and 6pm to 7pm on al­ter­nate days.

Cr Leu said coun­cil would in­crease pa­trols from Mon­day.

“The re­al­ity is we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­ally dry pe­riod – worse than this time last year – and the chances of a wet weather event is low,” she said.

“Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to be vig­i­lant and help us save wa­ter.”

“This could be by re­strict­ing your wa­ter­ing to a wa­ter­ing can or bucket, or turn­ing off your taps while you brush your teeth.”

Coun­cil has di­rected sig­nif­i­cant re­sources into wa­ter se­cu­rity to fu­ture-proof the re­gion’s sup­ply, in­clud­ing the 20ML Port Dou­glas Reser­voir to be open later this year.

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