Rainy weather won’t end wa­ter re­stric­tion

The Weekend Post - - News - CHRIS CALCINO AND AN­DREA FALVO

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil will in­tro­duce level 1 wa­ter re­stric­tions from to­day de­spite pre­dicted show­ers across the re­gion.

The wa­ter­ing cut­backs will be­gin at 9am fol­low­ing Cop­per­lode Dam’s fall to 79 per cent ca­pac­ity.

If the dam level con­tin­ues drop­ping at its cur­rent rate of more than 1 per cent a week, level 2 re­stric­tions are likely at the start of De­cem­ber.

Mayor Bob Man­ning en­cour­aged all res­i­dents to think care­fully about their house­hold wa­ter use.

“The re­stric­tions only af­fect sprin­kler wa­ter­ing times, but all res­i­dents and busi­nesses can help to re­duce the strain on our wa­ter sup­plies by us­ing wa­ter wisely in day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties and con­serv­ing wa­ter where pos­si­ble,” he said. “There is a chance of rain over the week­end but it’s un­likely we’ll get enough to top up the dam.

“We do hope the rain will help green up lawns and gar- dens so there is less need to turn on a sprin­kler.”

Far North res­i­dents are in for a wet week­end, with the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­cast­ing up to 15mm of rain in some ar­eas.

“Gen­er­ally speak­ing any­where be­tween Cook­town and Ing­ham is look­ing at rain­fall of 5mm-10mm,” duty fore­caster Vi­nord Anand said.

He said In­n­is­fail, Tully and the Dain­tree area could ex­pect 10mm-15mm of rain.

“It slowly eases off on Sun­day, but you might see a few mil­lime­tres,” he said.

It comes after more than 20mm of rain was recorded at Up­per Mur­ray and Cairns Air­port yes­ter­day.

Some re­stric­tions also ap­ply for hos­ing pave­ments, wash­ing cars, op­er­a­tion of foun­tains and other wa­ter uses.

Visit www.cairns.qld.gov.au for more de­tails on the rules.

WA­TER WISE: Dyl­lan Pater­son-Muller wa­ter­ing his Mount Sheri­dan yard with a hand­held hose. Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

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