The Cairns (Australia) Regional Council on Water and Waste is committed to maintaining long term viability of the water supply to the rapidly increasing population of the Cairns region while ensuring a sufficient and safe water supply to maintain the natural environmental values of the rainforests, rivers, and reefs. Currently, the Copperlode Falls Dam supplies the majority of the water to the Cairns region, but this water source will not be sufficient to sustain the projected future growth of the area. The Council is investigating the feasibility of the nearby Mulgrave River Aquifer to supply the future water needs for the Cairns region while at the same time maintaining an equitable distribution of water among domestic, industrial, commercial, and agricultural users.


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