Rainy weather won’t end water restriction
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