War on wa­ter waste

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Gizelle Ghidella

LO­CAL of­fi­cers will be out in force next week to slap those not ad­her­ing to Level Two wa­ter re­stric­tions with hefty fines.

Due to a pre­dicted late start to the wet sea­son, Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is urg­ing res­i­dents to use wa­ter ef­fi­ciently.

On-the-spot fines of $391 for res­i­den­tial, and $1958 for non-res­i­den­tial, cus­tomers will ap­ply for non­com­pli­ance.

Cur­rent wa­ter us­age could force coun­cil’s hand to re­sort to level three wa­ter re­stric­tions, some­thing never done be­fore in the shire.

Coun­cil says about 75 per cent of the wa­ter sup­ply (about 150ML per month) is used on lawns and gar­dens.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said there was a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to be wa­ter wise and avoid level three wa­ter re­stric­tions.

“Coun­cil has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure there is enough wa­ter for lo­cals and vis­i­tors; I am strongly urg­ing ev­ery­one to help us They are for ev­ery­one’s ben­e­fit,” she said. “Our wa­ter lev­els are spi­ralling to­wards drought con­di­tions but re­sorts and some res­i­dents con­tinue to use sprin­klers and openly dis­re­gard wa­ter re­stric­tions.”

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