Help on the way for Qld towns about to run out of water

The Premier has announced emergency water funding for drought-ravaged areas of the Granite Belt.

Annastacia Palaszczuk was in Stanthorpe today, which has also been impacted by bushfires in the last week on top of its ongoing water crisis.

The town faces running out of water by Christmas unless there’s significant rainfall, and there’s none on the horizon.


Critical water restrictions came into force at the start of the month, limiting residents to 100 litres per person, per day.

The bushfire emergency forced many residents to sacrifice what little water they had.

The State Government has today announced millions of dollars for infrastructure and to cart water into the town until the end of next year.

“These emergency funds will cover $2.4 million worth of water infrastructure, as well as costs to cart water,” Ms Palaszczuk said

“That’s an estimated $800,000 per month to cart 1.6 million litres of water in each day.

Around 34 truckloads of water will be sent to Stanthorpe each day.

The water will come from Connolly Dam in Warwick and taken to Storm King Dam.

“If the drought lifts and the wet season delivers enough water, then the carting will no longer be needed,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Premier today met with emergency services workers in Stanthorpe, praising them and the community for their resilience.