Taskforce taps into water meter plan
SMART meters could be rolled out across Townsville to allow residents to monitor their daily water consumption.
The initiative was suggested by the Water Taskforce in its interim report that was handed to the State Government on Friday.
The key recommendation was that the Haughton pipeline be duplicated with a 1800mm diameter steel pipe to secure Townsville’s water supply in the short term.
The State Government allocated $ 10 million for demand management in their 2017- 18 Budget, with Townsville City Council to work with them on initiatives.
Taskforce chairman Brad Webb said there were several ideas to reduce water usage.
“They ( council) can assist people with water- saving devices, put smart meters in and educate people on how to use water so it isn’t wasted,” he said.
Mr Webb said demand management needed to be rolled out in the near future.
“We are in the dry tropics and we do use more water,” he said.
“Water meters I think it’s more of a device that allows you to monitor yourself.”
Mayor Jenny Hill said if smart meters were installed, residents could monitor their consumption and see whether they were experiencing any leakages.
“Council still has some tation to undertake,” she said.
“The State Government will make a series of announcements.
“We know that when Brisbane suffered their drought the Government did a demand management exercise and sponsored that.
“We’re assuming they may do something similar. I think the state has learnt a bit from that.”
Cr Hill said the Government would consider the region’s weather when working through initiatives.
“What we want people to do is see how much they are consuming,” she said.
Day Dawn Nursery owner Harry consul- Wilschefski said more waterwise plants could be used around the city.
“( There are) succulents, cactuses and some that are very attractive that don’t look like a thorny cactus,” he said
“I haven’t seen people wanting to buy more waterwise plants which is a shame. People just generally have cut down on gardening.”
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the State wholeheartedly supported each recommendation in the taskforce’s report.
“We believe work can start straight away,” she said.
“Crucial to the success of water security is all levels of government working together, and the State will be leading that co- operation.”