Water thefts hit Qld severe drought area

Nicholas McElroy

A spate of suspected water thefts is being investigated in a Queensland region hit by with severe drought.

Police have received three reports of water thefts from a lodge, a dam and a water main in the Darling Downs region - just west of greater Brisbane - in recent months.

Police suspect there have been at least three other cases of water theft in the area but have had no formal complaints about them.

Residents have been urged to keep a close eye on water use and take note of people or vehicles they suspect may be taking water.

Dam water levels are so low in Stanthorpe there are concerns they could run dry by December..

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited Warwick and Stanthorpe on Thursday following calls from a local council to truck in water.

About 65 per cent of Queensland is drought-declared. Some locations have gone seven years without significant rain.

Police said the reported thefts date back as far as March, when more than 7000 litres of water was allegedly stolen from a lodge at Wybera, about halfway between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield.

In June, water was taken from a dam at Cottonvale and in July from a water main in High Street, Stanthorpe.

"It is important that we band together and support each other," Stanthorpe Officer in Charge Acting Senior Sergeant Greg Finucane said in a statement on Friday.

"That is why it is so important that any water theft is reported to us."