Plans to connect Warwick to the Wivenhoe Dam with a pipeline going via Toowoomba have taken a step forward, with experts already mapping out a likely route using existing road and rail corridors
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk inspected progress in Warwick this morning and said having a route mapped out would mean delivering the pipeline faster.
"The next step will be the detailed costings that will feed immediately into our budget and work would be able to commence very shortly after the budget process," she said.
"We'll be able to utilise the Coordinator-General's powers to get it moving as quickly as possible because we know how important water security is."
The Premier announced in November a $1 million feasibility study into the project, which is expected to be finished in April.
Ms Palaszczuk said she was confident they were on track to have much of the work done by the end of the year and that the route mainly ran along existing roadways.
"By using existing publicly owned land, there will be very little if any land acquisitions required thus streamlining the project," she said.
Meanwhile the state government is providing $800,000 a month to truck water into Stanthorpe.
Southern Downs mayor Tracey Dobie said the Premier had stayed true to her promise not to let Warwick or Stanthorpe go without water.
"We must keep our towns alive and thriving so we can support our agricultural sector and that's exactly what this pipeline means for us," Cr Dobie said.