Supplying Guyra with water by road entered its second week with two, 63,000 litre B-Double tankers joining the two 36,000 litre tankers that began last week's initial transfers, and while Guyra Dam is not quite empty, Armidale Regional Council predicts it will be before the completion of the Malpas Dam Pipeline in August.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall decided to take a look at the State Government funded emergency operation worth up to $850,000 on Monday morning.
While he thought it was quite an extreme activity, he said he couldn't help wondering what would have happened had the pipeline not been funded.
"You would have to be doing this, in theory, for a very, very long time," he said.
"When the pipeline project was envisaged, and the funding secured, it was always thought it would be a secondary source, or a backup for the Guyra community.
"But, literally, from the day that it's commissioned and operating, Guyra will be almost completely reliant on the pipeline for its water supply. It just highlights the extreme nature of the drought and the conditions we're facing."
Two tankers moved 1.2 megalitres last week and the four vehicles are now aiming to move 3.4 megalitres per week.
Council engaged Newcastle-based SRH Milk Haulage, an experienced liquids haulage company, to transport potable water from the large water mains in Mott Street, directly to the outlet side of the Guyra plant, before it is pumped up into Guyra's reservoir.
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