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Emergency Water Carting Trial Is A Success

12 December 2019 

Today, the Southern Downs Regional Council conducted a full scale trial of the Emergency Water Carting Infrastructure route and schedule for water supply to Stanthorpe.

This trial tested the schedule that water carting vehicles would run to, the route that vehicles would use, as well as testing the infrastructure to the full capacity.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said that the trial was conducted with the utmost attention to detail.

“Today’s trial could not have gone better and I am incredibly proud of all involved for the dedication and innovation they have shown throughout all stages of planning, construction, and execution”

“The water carting contractors demonstrated an exceptional attention to detail and we couldn’t be more impressed with their performance”

“The success to this trial means that we are now fully ready to commence water carting when the need arises” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.

This successful trial is another major milestone for Southern Downs Regional Council, which is on track to coordinate the largest water carting project that has ever been undertaken within Queensland.

14 different water carting vehicles, doing 42 trips, successfully deposited 1.3 megalitres of water into the waiting tanks at Storm King Dam. 

Once carting commences, water will flow through the new pipeline to the Mt Marlay Water Treatment Plant where it will be treated by SDRC staff to initially create a blend of water between Connolly Dam water supply and Storm King Dam water supply until the levels in Storm King Dam are too low and full water carting commences.

As the treated water will be coming from a different source, it is expected that there may be a variation in colour or taste. The carted water will have a new taste, this is normal.

Once water carting commences in earnest the Southern Downs will move to Emergency Water Restrictions. These restrictions consist of 80L per person per day.

SDRC encourages anyone with questions about the Emergency Water Infrastructure or Emergency Water Restrictions to contact Council on 1300 697 372.

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