A trembling farmer has hidden tears while describing the devastation the drought has had on his land and livestock.
The fourth-generation Warwick farmer, Paul Maher, has been devastated by the worst drought he has experienced in his family property for over 100 years.
& # 39; Put a lot of effort into breeding a good item and seeing them go to meats, not good, & # 39; he told 9 News as he fought tears.
Mr. Maher said that the four dams on his site had been dry for five months, showing that it was the worst drought that hit his farm in more than 100 years.
The fourth-generation Warwick farmer Paul Maher (photo) choked in tears as he described the devastating impact of the drought on his life
The suffering of the struggling farmer comes when several drought-stricken cities in Australia arrive within a few weeks of full water depletion.
After-synchronized & # 39; Day Zero & # 39 ;, cities such as Dubbo, Nyngan, Narromine, Cobar and Stanthorpe are expected to run out of water in November.
Warwick, Mr. Maher's land, will be dry by this time year, 9 news reported.
He said that a recent load of water from charity aid would give his family some relief, but would do little to help his suffering cattle.
NSW President Linda Scott said the situation had become dire in a number of areas.
& # 39; This is very serious. Dragging hundreds of miles of water in trucks on unpaved roads is the only way some municipalities can provide the local population with drinking water & # 39 ;, she said news.com.au.
Maher said that all four of his dams (photo) had been completely dry in the last five months
Mayor Southern Downs, Mayor Tracy Dobie, reiterated Mr. Maher's feelings and said the drought had paralyzed much of the region.
& # 39; This is the worst drought we've ever had in our region and it really bites hard, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The problem we face is that the dams and creeks are all dry and so the inflow into our urban water storage facilities has stopped. & # 39;
Other cities such as Parkes, Forbes, Boggabri and Manila & # 39; Day Zero & # 39; are also expected by March next year. have reached.
According to Bureau of Meteorology figures, rainfall in August was below average for much of New South Wales and southern Queensland.
& # 39; Since early 2017, rain deficiencies have affected most parts of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia of the Murray-Darling Basin, & quot; BOM statement & quot;
& # 39; The shortcomings are most extreme in the northern Murray-Darling Basin, especially in the northern half of New South Wales, where areas with the lowest recorded rainfall extend from the Great Dividing Range in the west to Dubbo and Walgett. & # 39;
That means that from January 2017 to August of this year the driest period of 32 months was on record, on average across the Murray-Darling Basin.
A number of cities throughout Australia will be completely empty within a few weeks (photo, dusty Darling River)
Projections from NSW & # 39; s river operator and bulk water supplier WaterNSW show that without significant rain the first cities to lose water supply will be Dubbo, Cobar, Nyngan and Narromine with the forecast that the Macquarie River will be dry by November.
It has been described by NSW Water Minster Melinda Pavey as a & # 39; critical & # 39; situation where the government insists that it does everything it can to ensure that the state comes through this devastating drought.
Long-range forecasts predict that Warragamba Dam, Australia's largest urban water supply, will stop flowing by January 2022.
The Macquarie River receives an average inflow of 1448 GL per year, but in the last two years only 97 GL has entered the river system.
In the worst case, the Lachlan River, which flows through the central west of the state, will run dry by March 2020 and leave the cities of Forbes, Cowra and Parkes without water supply.
The river is the fourth longest in Australia and receives an average of 1212 GL of water annually, but registered an influx of only 107 GL in the past year.
From January 2017 to August of this year, the driest period of 32 months ever recorded, on average across the Murray – Darling Basin
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