Trucks bringing water to Stanthorpe as dam levels dwindle

Trucks bringing water to Stanthorpe as dam levels dwindle

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Water carting from Connolly Dam to Storm King Dam was trialled in December and on Monday began full time.

Water carting from Connolly Dam to Storm King Dam was trialled in December and on Monday began full time.

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Water is now being carted to Stanthorpe full time and surrounds as dam levels on the Southern Downs continue to dwindle.

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Water is now being carted to Stanthorpe full time as dam levels on the Southern Downs continue to dwindle through the ongoing drought.

Each day 14 trucks will deliver up to 42 truckloads of water between 6am and 7.30pm over a split shift.

The water is being transported from Warwick's Connolly Dam to two 1ML tanks that will gravity feed the water into the raw water line at the wall of Storm King Dam.

It will cost $800,000 a month to cart the water, with the tab being picked up by the state government.

A council spokeswoman said over the past few weeks the council has been blending the water from Storm King Dam and Connolly Dam in the lead up to full-time water carting.

"Yesterday Council moved to the full-time trucking of water between Warwick and Stanthorpe," she said.

"Stanthorpe residents on the reticulated water supply are now drinking treated water solely from Connolly Dam.

"The start of full water carting was very successful; the project went smoothly without delay or incident.

"It was a tremendous, united team effort and council is very happy with this result."

Just 197ML remains in Storm King Dam but it will be kept in the dam to cater for aquatic life and birds and to ensure water remains in case of an emergency.

Meanwhile Connolly Dam is at 25.6pc with 555ML with that supply also tipped to run out by mid to late 2020 if there isn't rain.

The spokeswoman said the council is still working closely on mid and long term strategies with the state and federal Governments to secure water for the region.

Water carting from Connolly Dam to Storm King Dam was trialled in December.

Water carting from Connolly Dam to Storm King Dam was trialled in December.

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