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Southern Downs faces tighter water restrictions as carting commences

13 December 2019  

Emergency water restrictions will come into effect from Thursday 19 December 2019 as the Southern Downs Regional Council begins the largest water carting project ever to be undertaken by a local government in Australia’s history.

Residents will need to reduce water consumption to 80 litres per person per day and this applies to all residents across the Southern Downs and Granite Belt, including rural residents who purchase water from Council.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie has assured the community that Council is ready to deliver and residents will not run out of water.

“The infrastructure is in place, a trial run has been conducted and now we are ready to commence the water carting,” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.

“We know the water predicament has caused concern in the community and we are determined to keep drinking water supplied through taps and water stands.

“Residents across our region are emotionally, physically and financially fatigued by this lack of rain, but we are all in this together.”

Trucks will cart water daily from Connolly Dam to Storm King Dam water tanks with the water to be blended with the remaining water in Storm King Dam.  Blending of water will occur until late December/early January until Storm King Dam water is no longer able to be used.  The water carting project is fully funded by the State Government and once in full operation will be at a cost of $800,000 per month.

It is important for residents to remain vigilant in their water use as all use impacts on the amount of water to be trucked. 

“There are resources available to residents to assist them manage water now, such as the showerhead exchange program and into the future with the water tank rebate.,” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.

Residents are encouraged to visit for up to date information on water supply and storage. Information on Council’s website is updated each Monday.

Council’s website site also includes a water usage calculator. Ideally residents should read their meter at the same time each week to calculate and monitor their water usage.

If residents are unsure about which activities are permitted under emergency water restrictions or would like to access water saving tools and tips, they are encouraged to contact Council on 1300 697 372 or visit





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