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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

More than $3.8 million for Cairns Regional Council water saving projects

Media release
1 June 2011
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Communities in the Cairns region are benefitting from Australian Government funding that will help them secure their water supplies.

More than $3.8 million in funding is being provided to assist Cairns Regional Council with their Water Demand Management Program for Port Douglas and Mossman Recycled Water Scheme projects.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said communities across Australia faced increasing pressures to secure their water supplies in the face of growing populations and a variable climate.

"The Water Demand Management Program for Port Douglas project, which is receiving more than $1 million in Australian Government funding, will achieve potable water savings of more than 240 million litres per year for local communities," Senator Farrell said.

"These savings will be achieved by through the installation of smart meters, which along with leak detection and repair activities, business audits and residential retrofits, will reduce water losses. Managing water pressure and promoting water conservation to both the local community and visitors are also important parts of the project."

More than $2.75 million in Australian Government funding is going towards the Mossman Recycled Water Scheme project, which will achieve potable water savings of 304 million litres a year for the Cairns region.

"The water savings will be achieved by installing new infrastructure to enable high quality recycled water to be utilised for irrigation of public open space areas, sporting fields and a golf course," Senator Farrell said.

Water saved will improve the security of the local community's water supplies by reducing the demand on potable water supplies.

These projects are both underway and will be completed by June 2012.

Funding has been provided by the Australian Government's National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program, which supports communities with fewer than 50,000 people by funding practical projects that save water and reduce water loss.

The National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program is part of the Australian Government's comprehensive, long-term Water for the Future initiative.

For more information on Water for the Future visit www.environment.gov.au/water