Plea to be water wise
“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.