The Queensland Government has announced emergency water funding for infrastructure and the ongoing cost of carting water for Stanthorpe residents until the end of next year.
Visiting the drought-ravaged and fire-affected region on Friday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding would help the Southern Downs Regional Council ensure Stanthorpe's residents have a secure drinking water supply until 2021.
"These emergency funds will cover $2.4 million worth of water infrastructure, as well as costs to cart water," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Around 34 truckloads of water per day will be carted from Connolly Dam to Storm King Dam, while it's needed."
It is estimated that it will cost $800,000 per month to cart 1.6 million litres of water in each day.
"If the drought lifts and the wet season delivers enough water, then the carting will no longer be needed," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"With bushfires following the prolonged drought, Stanthorpe will not be left to battle through this alone."
Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said government officers have been working closely with the Council for months on its water security strategy and contingency plans.
"Critical level water restrictions have been in place since last weekend, and bushfires have further impacted water supplies," Dr Lynham said.
"There is no doubt that Stanthorpe is doing it tough, which is why we're stepping in with financial help.
"I'd also like to acknowledge and thank local residents for doing their part to conserve water.
"I encourage charities and others interested in supporting council with drinking water supplies, to contact council, as donations need to be co-ordinated and meet drinking water quality standards."
Council has already started work on infrastructure to access Connolly Dam water, and pipe it from Fred Rodgers Reserve near Stanthorpe to Storm King Dam.
Minor works are also required at Stanthorpe's water treatment plant.