Late rain saves day
A LATE weather change has saved the Douglas Shire from level three water restrictions.
Residents were on the brink of tighter constraints on Tuesday as extreme heat gripped the Far North, but recent rain brought a reprieve.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast further storms in coming days and the Douglas Shire Council is closely monitoring the water levels.
“We came incredibly close to turning on level three water restrictions in Douglas Shire,” Mayor Julia Leu said.
“However, recent storms brought enough rain to push the Rex Creek intake up to 170mm by Wednesday morning but we are not out of the woods yet.”
It’s believed this week’s heatwave contributed to a sharp drop in water levels.
Council’s technical staff observed water levels at the Rex Creek Intake fall about five times quicker than usual.
“This is a timely reminder for residents and businesses to ditch the hoses and sprinklers to get us through this really dry period,” Ms Leu said.
“We thank our residents for tightening the taps ... and appreciate the challenges our resorts face during these prolonged dry periods.”