Douglas Shire Council and contractors Koppen Construction recently completed a major step towards finishing the $13.5 million Port Douglas Reservoir Project.
They carried out vital works to connect the new reservoir, located on Crees Rd, to the current water supply in an operation last week.
Flagstaff reservoir (2 ML) and Craiglie reservoir (10ML) were filled to capacity during Wednesday. The water main to Port Douglas, Craiglie and Mowbray was shut off at 10pm that night and a section isolated for the work.
The 450mm diameter DICL water main was cut and a section removed to allow installation of a triple-valved, double T pipe assembly, weighing approximately three tonnes.
Mayor Julia Leu said the works were a huge step towards finishing the 20ML reservoir.
The new reservoir’s water storage will be enough to sustain Port Douglas, Craiglie and Mowbray for up to three days when the Rex Creek intake is impacted.
“This increased water storage will not only help tap into increased sustainable growth, but improve reliability and resilience in Douglas Shire’s infrastructure,” Cr Leu said.
The project is expected to be completed by July this year.
The Port Douglas Reservoir Project is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Douglas Shire Council.