BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL: The Maranoa Regional Council has asked residents and sporting clubs to stop all non-essential watering. Councillor David Schefe said vital funding is needed to upgrade water infrastructure.
BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL: The Maranoa Regional Council has asked residents and sporting clubs to stop all non-essential watering. Councillor David Schefe said vital funding is needed to upgrade water infrastructure. Brett Wortman

'WE'RE BEHIND THE 8 BALL': Roma faces water shortage

A MARANOA councillor has called for more funding to upgrade water infrastructure as they ask Roma residents to cut out non-essential water use amid a depleted supply. 

The town's water reserves are being diminished due to high, heat-related consumption and multiple equipment breakdowns, according to Maranoa Regional Council. 

Remaining equipment to pump bore water into the supply is struggling to keep up with demand ahead of an expected fix on Wednesday. 

Water pressure is also being affected. 

Authorities have pleaded with residents and sporting organisations to stop watering gardens and grounds until the supply is secured. 

"We're calling on sporting organisations in particular to ease back a little bit," the council's utilities spokesman David Schefe told AAP. 

"Water consumption has been high with the long, hot and dry summer. People coming back from holidays is also putting a drain on reservoirs." 

Cr Schefe said while $2 million per year was spent on upgrading water infrastructure, the "exasperated" council needed more state and federal funding. 

"A lot of infrastructure has reached the end of its life," he told AAP. 

"It's really hard for council to fund that. We're behind the eight ball." 

He said water supply issues were common across Queensland regional councils.


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