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Emergency water infrastructure at Storm King Dam explained

11 September 2019

Emergency water infrastructure works are underway at Storm King Dam to secure water supply to Stanthorpe in the event that the region runs out of water as predicted by December 2019.

Southern Downs Regional Council has engaged the same company who recently completed the jointly funded State Government and Council pipeline between Storm King Dam and Mt Marley, Toowoomba contractor Newlands Civil Constructions for the works.

The emergency water infrastructure includes the installation of two x 1 mega litre tanks that will supply water to a new 1.5km gravity-fed pipeline that connects into the recently completed Mt Marley pipeline.

Currently the Stanthorpe region consumes approximately 1.5 – 1.6 mega litres of water per day, and the installation of the two x 1 mega litre tanks will ensure there is extra capacity within the system to supply water to Stanthorpe.

The Council had a Special Meeting on Monday to endorse a panel of 24 contractors to cart water from the Connolly Dam water supply to the tanks at Storm King Dam, and it is expected that there will be up to 45 trucks movements per day.

The estimated cost of water carting is $800,000 per month.

The water from Connolly Dam will be accessed from a number of points in Warwick.

Council has made strong representation to the State Government to meet the carting costs as well as some of the infrastructure costs.

Council believes that the new emergency water infrastructure will be completed and operational in mid-November, allowing for a number of trials of the system prior to December.

It will be important that once the project is completed that the community remains committed to water conservation.

In the future, the new infrastructure will be used to supply water to the Fred Rogers Facility and potentially a variety of recreational activities such as camping on the surrounding Council land.    

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