Huge Response to Water Smart Project


28 Oct 2011

To date, more than 900 residents have registered for the service, which is an initiative of Cairns Regional Council’s plan to ensure a sustainable water future for the region.

Mayor Val Shier has congratulated the people of Port Douglas and Mossman areas for their support of the Water Smart Home Service initiative.

"The community has embraced this program, with an overwhelming response by residents to be involved in the service,” she said.

“Our contracted plumbers are currently inspecting leaks and installing water saving devices to both homes and large unit complexes.

"Despite the recent rains, we encourage people to continue to be mindful of their water use and establish good water-wise habits for the dry season. 

"Our permanent water conservation measures are in place to ensure that we remain in a good position ready for the next dry season in the coming year.”

Due to the overwhelming community response, the Water Smart Home Service project will conclude as of close-of-business, Wednesday, November 2. 

All participants who have registered for the Water Smart Home Service will be eligible to win a Harvey Norman front load washing machine. Winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

Council is continuing to offer its Commercial Water Advisory Service for businesses, schools and community groups in the Port Douglas and Mossman region. 

The service involves an inspection by Council's plumber of commercial properties and advice on how to save money and improve their water efficiency.

"We really want business and tourism to get right behind this service because it will help them plan for the dry season," Cr Schier said.

"When it comes to water, we need to plan ahead."

For further information on the Water Smart Home Service  and other Council Initiatives, contact the  Customer Service Centre on 1800 070 444, or visit; or the Water Smart Information Centre, Saltwater Building, 26-30 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas.