Calls for care­ful wa­ter use

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DOU­GLAS shire re­mains on level three wa­ter re­stric­tions.

High con­sump­tion forced the re­stric­tions for the first time last week, with the Rex Creek In­take de­clin­ing about five times quicker than usual.

It comes as strange weather re­sult­ing from ex-trop­i­cal cy­clone Owen con­tin­ues to sur­prise the Far North.

It was hail­ing on the Ather­ton Table­lands on Tues­day.

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu said level four re­stric­tions were im­mi­nent un­less con­sump­tion was de­creased.

“It is dry, it is hot and no de­cent rain has been hit­ting our catch­ments,” Cr Leu said.

“This is un­prece­dented and coun­cil is re­gret­tably left with no choice but to im­pose stern re­stric­tions af­ter an ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign and strict pa­trols.

“We are still con­sum­ing huge amounts of wa­ter in Port Dou­glas and coun­cil will be work­ing with our heavy wa­ter users to re­duce their con­sump­tion in com­ing days.”

Cr Leu en­cour­aged res­i­dents to curb their us­age.

“We know our big users are re­sorts and ac­com­mo­da­tion houses, how­ever, we con­tinue to en­cour­age our wa­ter­wise res­i­dents to keep up the good work and tighten the taps as they have done in the past few weeks,” Cr Leu said.

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