NEW RESTRICTIONS: SDRC has announced the new restrictions will start on Thursday.
NEW RESTRICTIONS: SDRC has announced the new restrictions will start on Thursday.

NEW RESTRICTIONS: Water crisis an ‘emergency’

WARWICK charity groups are choosing to band together residents after news water restrictions will hit ‘emergency’ level by Thursday.

Southern Downs Regional Council have announced town residential water use will be limited to 80L per day as water carting to the region begins.

Southern Downs Regional Council mayor Tracy Dobie said carting ensured residents would not run out of water.

“The infrastructure is in place, a trial run has been conducted and now we are ready to commence the water carting,” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.

“We know the water predicament has caused concern in the community and we are determined to keep drinking water supplied through taps and water stands.

“Residents across our region are emotionally, physically and financially fatigued by this lack of rain, but we are all in this together.”

80: L A DAY: SDRC released a new graph detailing how to reduce consumption to 100L per person, per day
80: L A DAY: SDRC released a new graph detailing how to reduce consumption to 100L per person, per day

Trucks will cart water daily from Connolly Dam to Storm King Dam water tanks with the water to be blended with the remaining water in Storm King Dam until late December/early January when Storm King Dam is unable to be used.

The water carting project is fully funded by the State Government and once in full operation will be at a cost of $800,000 per month.

The move won’t affect rural residents, who have been hit by their own heartbreak as long-awaited rain causes further problems.

Southern Downs Community Relief Group secretary Sally Edwards said many residents complained of contaminated water as they arrived for water allocation on Saturday.

“We were just hearing as people come through today, that even though rain ran off the roof, it was undrinkable, because of the smoke and the dust,” she said

“It’s washed all the ash into the tanks. It’s heartbreaking. To have drinking water is just a primitive need.”

HELPING EACH OTHER: Roy Waites, Sally Edwards and Greg Bell with water donations.
HELPING EACH OTHER: Roy Waites, Sally Edwards and Greg Bell with water donations.

It was stories like those which spurred Ms Edwards to rally the community to think each other in these dire times.

“We’re only giving people 20L of drinking water, if you’re in town you’re allowed 80L a day? These people are only getting 20L for a whole week,” she said.

“We’re very lucky, we need to understand how privileged with are to be on the reticulated system in town because we’ve still got water to have a shower.”

“We’ve all got to work together and find our way through this. Some people are doing it very tough.”

For more information, visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au for up to date information on water supply and storage.

For information about Southern Downs Community Relief Group, head to their Facebook page.

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