DIRE NEED: Cynthia McDonald stacks some of the water donated  to local schools.
DIRE NEED: Cynthia McDonald stacks some of the water donated to local schools. Bianca Hrovat

Rural students hit hard by drought as school tanks run dry

RELIEF is on the way for rural students as volunteers distribute 10 pallets of bottled water to drought-affected schools on the Southern Downs.

Severe water shortages have state schools pleading with local charities to provide help in a time of "dire need.”

Donation coordinator Cynthia McDonald said students shouldn't have to feel the impact of drought at school.

"Kids shouldn't go to school and feel like they don't have enough water when we live in a first world country,” she said.

"The drought is hitting families hard enough, kids don't need to live and breathe that every day.”

The schools at Maryvale, Karrara, Freestone, Yangan and Wheatvale will each receive two pallets of water as part of a Food Bank donation.

"Country schools are on tank water and they're running low,” Mrs McDonald said.

"We have to make sure students have their basic needs met and have water to drink, there's no two ways about it.”

An additional 32 pallets will be offered to community groups and individuals on Saturday from the distribution centre on Alice St in Warwick.

There won't be any screening process or limitations.

The State Emergency Service will assist in delivering a portion of these pallets to the Karrara Tavern, the Leyburn Post, Greymare Hall and Freestone Hall.

Mrs McDonald said this donation will help Southern Downs residents avoid the financial and physical horrors of drought.

"I had one woman ring in today who said she'd been trying to drink unpotable water from her dam and it's made her very sick,” she said.

"It's a shocking situation that anyone would even consider doing that in this day and age.

"We don't want families exposed to that so we need to help by providing water and making sure people stay in decent health.”

If you would like to help please visit www.foodbank.org.au



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