Mossman Recycled Water Scheme


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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Mossman, Qld

Total funding: Total project cost of $5.5 million, with funding of $2.755 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by Cairns Regional Council.

About the project

The Mossman Recycled Water Scheme involves the installation of new trunk recycled water reticulation infrastructure to enable high quality recycled water to be utilised for irrigation during the dry season of public open space areas, sporting fields and a golf course as an alternative to potable water sourced from surface water sources and production bores.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • produce a potable water savings of approximately 304 million litres per year
  • reduce the volume of water extracted from the Rex River, and
  • reduce the volume of treated water released into the Mossman River.


The project commenced on 14 December 2010 and is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012.