Storm King Dam is down to as little as 11 per cent. Photo Lachie Millard
Storm King Dam is down to as little as 11 per cent. Photo Lachie Millard

REVEALED: Council sets date to start permanent water carting

EMERGENCY water restrictions will come into effect from Thursday, December 19.

After a successful water carting trial run yesterday, Southern Downs Regional Council's permanent carting will begin from next Thursday.

Mayor Tracy Dobie has assured the community that 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," Cr Dobie said.

"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.

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.

"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," Cr Dobie said.

Council say restrictions will be enforced and any incidences of noncompliance should be reported to them.