WATER BY THE TRUCKLOAD: The final steps are falling into place to ensure Stanthorpe doesn’t go without water.
WATER BY THE TRUCKLOAD: The final steps are falling into place to ensure Stanthorpe doesn’t go without water.

‘Non-stop’ schedule for Storm King water carting

SOUTHERN Downs roads are set to be flooded by trucks as it becomes necessary to cart water from Warwick to Stanthorpe.

Extensive work was conducted to prepare roads for the 14 additional trucks that will move water from Connolly Dam to two 1ML storage tanks at Storm King Dam, according to council staff at a community meeting this week.

These changes include a reduced speed limit of 80km/hr at Rosenthal Rd, an additional three fuel points before the New England Highway, and new signage to warn of the trucks' entry at the on ramp.

The southern entrance to Rosenthal Road from New England Highway will be closed to all traffic with the exception of SDRC Contracted Water Trucks, and the turning lane from Wallangarra Road into College Road will be closed.

The trucks will drive between the two towns seven days a week, non-stop, including on public holidays, with expected operation hours to be between 6am and 4pm.

If delays occur or conditions change, the trucks may operate up until 9pm at night.

Roads set to be affected include the New England Highway, Rosenthal Rd, Wallangarra Rd, Eukey Rd, Sugarloaf Rd, Pierpont Rd and College Rd.

A fully-laden vehicle was tested on the proposed route earlier in the year and determined the chosen roads were safe for the large trucks.

A full trial run has been organised for Thursday, December 12, during which time the SDRC will test the logistics of the route and iron out any complications.

Only three months of water remain at the Stanthorpe Dam and carting is predicted to begin in earnest either late December or early January, depending on how quickly the water quality deteriorates.

The schedule may change as the need for water fluctuates.

11 months remain of the Warwick water supply. If no major rain event occurs to break the drought, council has advised they will turn to carting water from outside the region and from a network of bores staff recently investigated.



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