Calls for careful water use
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.