Update #5: All Townsville and Magnetic Island restricted to emergency water use only

Date published: 12 December 2020

Testing of the replacement pipeline to the Douglas Water Treatment Plant this afternoon has identified the need to undertake further works to restore the infrastructure.

As a result, Townsville City Council continues to call on residents and commercial water users to limit water use to emergency use only.

This means turning off your irrigation and no handheld watering, no showers, no washing clothes or dishes, no filling up pools and no washing vehicles or boats.

Council has enacted section 43 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability Act) 2008 to formally restrict the use of water across the city and Magnetic Island.

Under this legislation, Council can issue penalties to those residents and businesses found not complying with the water restrictions.

Black Weir, which forms part of the city’s water supply network, remains closed for community use from the Ring Road bridge to Ross River Dam.

Council thanks Townsville and Magnetic Island residents and business owners for their ongoing cooperation in limiting their water consumption and for their continued understanding.

Residents and business owners should monitor Townsville City Council’s Disaster Dashboard for latest information and updates. A further update will be issued Sunday morning.

Please note that Section 43 - Notice of Service Provider Restrictions (No. 4) 2020 has been revoked - Notice of Revocation of Service Provider Restrictions.