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Drought-hit Australian town relies on tanker supply costing million dollars a month

QUEENSLAND: A drought-hit town of Australia is heavily relying on water supply from tanker trucks which is costing millions of dollars a month.

A massive convoy of water trucks supplies water to the town for survival, as the drought crisis rages on with no end in sight.

Ten areas in regional New South Wales and southern Queensland are at high risk of running out of drinking water — a dire moment dubbed “day zero” — within the coming year.

Tenterfield Shire Council has forecast that it will need 1400 truckloads of water a month if its supply runs dry, with Mayor Peter Petty saying the town’s dam is at just 32 per cent.

A single-bore is putting in one day’s supply for every two days it pumps, but local authorities are concerned it could fail sooner rather than later.

“If it does, it’ll be 200 days left of the water and we don’t want that to happen,” Cr Petty said. “Then we’ll have to cart water in and we’d need 1400 trucks a month to get by.”

Just across the border in Queensland, Southern Downs Shire is also preparing to truck water between Warwick, which has about 17 months of water left, to nearby Stanthorpe, which is expected to hit its day zero by Christmas.

That mammoth task could cost between $1 million and $1.5 million per month, Mayor Tracy Dobie said.