LOOKING AHEAD: Farmers could benefit from improved recycled water.
LOOKING AHEAD: Farmers could benefit from improved recycled water. Marian Faa

New proposal for recycled water could help farmers survive

FARMERS across the Southern Downs may receive a new source of water if plans to recycle are cleared up.

A wider range of agricultural uses could become available if another process is added to Warwick's waste water management system, further refining the Class A water already available.

The change would enable livestock to access the recycled water, saving farmers from drawing on town or bore water.

The Southern Downs Regional Council's water contingency plans said council would submit a review on the application of recycled water to the Queensland Government.

Unused waste water could also be brought in from as far as South East Queensland to bolster the Southern Downs' supply.

The water is currently being pumped out to sea rather than being utilised by those in need.

Cost of a pipeline would likely fall to state or federal governments for capital works funding, however operational costs could pass onto ratepayers.

"It's one of our top five agenda items," said Mayor Tracy Dobie.

"Why put it out to sea when we could use it here?"