Port Douglas Water Demand Management Project


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.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Port Douglas, Qld

Total funding: Total project cost of $2.3 million, with funding of $1.084 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 water demand management program will involve the installation of smart meters with the aim to reduce the high level per capita water consumption currently experienced in Port Douglas. The smart meters will enable an effective water conservation program to be implemented through more regular readings and consumption analyses, individual notification of excessive users, promotion campaigns and identification of leaks in the system.

The promotional component to the project will foster a water conservation culture within the local community, encourage the tourism industry to implement water conservation measures and will promote water conservation to visitors to the area.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • produce a potable water savings of approximately 244 million litres per year, and
  • promote water conservation in communities who have had little exposure to water conservation practices.


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