Coun­cil’s wa­ter pol­icy on track

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A STATE Govern­ment re­port has con­firmed Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil’s strat­egy to tackle wa­ter se­cu­rity is­sues in Moss­man and Port Dou­glas is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

Coun­cil is in the plan­ning stage of se­cur­ing an ad­di­tional raw wa­ter ex­trac­tion site in the Moss­man catch­ment – a key con­clu­sion in the Re­gional Wa­ter Sup­ply Se­cu­rity As­sess­ment (RWSSA) adopted yes­ter­day.

The Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy (DNRME) part­nered with coun­cil to es­tab­lish a shared un­der­stand­ing of the ex­ist­ing wa­ter se­cu­rity and the ca­pac­ity to sup­port fu­ture growth.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the re­port pro­vided a com­pre­hen­sive over­view of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges in de­liv­er­ing wa­ter to the shire’s com­mu­ni­ties.

“Safe, se­cure and re­li­able wa­ter sup­ply is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial to sup­port the shire’s growth, health and well­be­ing,” she said.

“This ground­break­ing re­port pro­vides a valu­able in­sight into coun­cil’s wa­ter de­liv­ery and arms us with great blue print to seek ex­ter­nal fund­ing.”

The RWSSA in­di­cates that, based on cur­rent av­er­age wa­ter use and pro­jected pop­u­la­tion growth, the de­mand for wa­ter by the Moss­man-Port Dou­glas com­mu­ni­ties will reach the an­nual vol­u­met­ric limit of coun­cil’s wa­ter li­cence from Rex Creek in seven years.

It pro­vides an over­view of the ca­pa­bil­ity of the ex­ist­ing wa­ter sources dur­ing dif­fer­ent rain­fall events for pro­jected pop­u­la­tion growth and wa­ter de­mands.

Hy­dro­logic modelling was used to as­sess the per­for­mance of the bulk wa­ter sup­ply in meet­ing fore­cast de­mands.

Cr Leu said sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in wa­ter se­cu­rity, through projects such as the 20ML Port Dou­glas Reser­voir, will strengthen the re­gion’s fu­ture wa­ter sup­ply ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“This is about smart wa­ter man­age­ment,” she said.

“Coun­cil will con­tinue to work with the com­mu­nity, for ex­am­ple sup­ply­ing re­cy­cled wa­ter to re­sorts for their golf cour­ses and ex­plore other re­use op­por­tu­ni­ties that sup­port sus­tain­able, re­silient wa­ter de­liv­ery.

“We are also look­ing at re­plac­ing the age­ing re­tail me­tre fleet with smart me­ters, con­tin­u­ing leak de­tec­tion pro­grams and re­plac­ing old pipes where wa­ter loss is an is­sue.”

The Moss­man-Port Dou­glas retic­u­la­tion net­work dis­trib­utes wa­ter to Moss­man, Port Dou­glas, Moss­man Gorge, Mow­bray, Newell Beach, Cooya Beach, Cas­sowary and Craiglie. The Whyan­beel retic­u­la­tion net­work dis­trib­utes wa­ter to Whyan­beel, Miallo, Bam­boo, Rocky Point and Wonga Beach.

The Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil area is in Level 2 wa­ter re­stric­tions due to a pro­longed dry spell. Coun­cil is ask­ing the com­mu­nity to help save wa­ter and obey cur­rent wa­ter re­stric­tions.

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