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24 June, 2021

Douglas’ precious water

A WATER education campaign has been launched ahead of the 2021 dry season to help increase public understanding of the delicate water situation in Douglas Shire.


Douglas Shire Council has unveiled a series of videos and images, including a 7-minute documentary-style video called Our Precious Water to inform, educate and connect customers to our Water and Wastewater team.

The campaign, starring a variety of Council staff, features several educational videos, new web pages and immersive videos that explore the journey of our water from rainforest water intakes to our homes.

Douglas Shire Council’s Manager for Water & Wastewater, Peter Tonkes, said the videos provide an important insight into the processes involved in water supply and delivery.

“Our water is precious and many people aren’t aware of the complex, rigorous processes involved in the water journey, or the number of highly skilled and qualified people that work passionately behind the scenes,” he said.

“For instance, we have a high-tech control room that operates from our Mossman treatment plant where the team meticulously oversee water quality, extraction rates and reservoir levels.”

From flowing down mountains to Rex Creek, to making its way to the Mossman water treatment plant where it is extracted, filtered, tested, and treated, to finding its way to the Crees Road Reservoir before making the final journey to your home – the videos give an in-depth look into the Douglas water journey and the people behind it.

The new webpages also provide information on current water restrictions and the reasons behind the water restriction status at any given time.


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