A severe drought afflicting an Outback town has left the community with only a few weeks until the water supply completely runs out.
Stanthorpe, on Queensland’s southern border, is suffering from what locals have described as the ‘worst drought in living memory’.
Residents have been warned that Storm King Dam, which supplies the town’s water, is just weeks shy of using the last of its reserves.
Stanthorpe (pictured), on Queensland’s southern border, is suffering from what locals have described as the ‘worst drought in living memory’
Residents have been warned that Storm King Dam (pictured), which supplies the town’s water, is just weeks shy of using the last of its reserves
The town has suffered through extremely dry conditions across the state with residents saying they haven’t had decent rain for more than two years.
Forty-five loads of water will have to be brought into the town each day once the supply runs out.
Estimated service costs are expected to reach up to $2million a month.
Secretary of the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce Amanda Harrold told Daily Mail Australia that ‘people here are really scared’.
‘A survey of the businesses in the community has reported that they are further down from 20 per cent to 50 per cent and the Granite Growers Association survey found that 100 million dollars less had been spent in the economy, through employment and spending in local businesses,’ she said.
‘If families leave town, that means less children in schools, less workers in hospitals. It affects everyone.’
Ms Harold said that ‘people here can’t afford it’, but that the government wouldn’t be expected to step in until the disaster had unfolded.
Local plasterer Chris Reid said that ‘everyone feels that it’s inevitable that we will see a slowdown’.
Pictured: Ms Harold (second from the right) said that ‘people here can’t afford it’, but that the government wouldn’t be expected to step in until the disaster had unfolded
‘I think when summer rolls around we’ll see the full extent of the drought and it’s not looking good,’ he said.
‘We’ve just had to really keep an eye on water usage at home’.
Michael Jensen, a motel owner, said that the water shortage had a trickle down affect through out the community.
‘It’s obviously affecting the farmers the most. They rely on the water to grow the crops.
‘[But when] they lose income, the whole town loses money. The issue is of great concern. The town is expected to run out of water in the next few months. I think there are a lot of locals that are on a low income, that are worried about being hit by the levy if the government can’t supplement it,’ Mr Jensen said.
Although the new structure will resolve future water issues, residents remain weary that it will ‘it’s not going to fix the problem until it’s built’
Emu Swamp, a new 12,000 mega litre dam, has been approved to be built, with the project set to bolster 700 new jobs in the town.
Although the new structure will resolve future water issues, residents remain weary that it will ‘it’s not going to fix the problem until it’s built’.
Locals are currently restricted to 100 litres of water per person a day.
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