Water tanker deliveries

We have commenced emergency water trucking from Gracemere up to Mount Morgan, with around 20 tankers a day providing 160 litres of water per person per day. Before this we carried out trials to make sure everything would work properly. You can read more about how the trial went here, and watch a video about it here.

 There are also the questions that were asked at the public meeting, which you can read the answers too here.

What was this trial for?

In early March we trialled deliveries of water from Gracemere to the Mount Morgan Water Treatment Plant. The trials allowed us to fine tune the arrangements and logistics of trucking the water up to Mount Morgan to ensure that we are ready to go if we need to truck an emergency water supply in the future. The trial went very well and took less time than initially estimated. You can read more about how the trial went here, and watch a video about it here.

We have now commenced trucking water to Mount Morgan from Gracemere full time. This sees 20 trucks of water delivered to the reservoir each day – which equates to about 160 litres per day per person.

Are you trucking water up all the time now?

We have now commenced trucking water to Mount Morgan from Gracemere full time. This sees 20 trucks of water delivered to the reservoir each day – which equates to about 160 litres per day per person.

Now that you’re trucking regularly, how much water will be delivered to Mount Morgan?

20 trucks of water are delivered to the reservoir each day – which equates to about 160 litres per day per person.

What route will the trucks be taking?

The transport route will most likely be the Razorback then the Burnett Hwy into Mount Morgan.


I've seen some water spilling out of the trucks onto the road.

We are aware that some small volumes of water have overflowed out of the trucks onto the road, especially at the steepest part. We have recently significantly increased the number of tanker loads going up each day and some of the newer drivers are still refining their process. Any water spillage will reduce/stop as the drivers get used to the task, but we will monitor it closely. 

 

Will it make any difference to how I access water?

No, this water will be distributed using the same water distribution system that supplies water to the Mount Morgan community now. You will be able to turn on your taps as normal.


Now that we have to truck water up regularly how much will it cost and who is going to pay for it?

The daily cost to supply water to Mount Morgan from Gracemere using water tankers is expected to be at least $5000 per day. Council anticipates that financial support for this cost will be provided by the Queensland Government as has been the case in other parts of the state.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to build a pipeline than spend all this money?

Council has been working on a number of options to supply Mount Morgan with a more secure water supply but they are all longer term solutions. In the short term, trucking water to fill the reservoirs provides immediate relief. If we were to consider only the financial implication it is actually much more cost effective to truck water to Mount Morgan on the occasions the dam water supply fails, than it is to build a pipeline ($25million ) and the ongoing operational costs of pumping the water uphill.

Is there going to be a meeting about this?

We held a public meeting about this on Tuesday 13 April. There is more information here.

I have a question that isn't answered here.

Please feel free to get in touch with us directly so we can help. You can message us on Facebook, email enquiries@rrc.qld.gov.au or call 4932 9000.