A south-west Queensland mayor says graziers in the region are facing an extreme water shortage and some homesteads may run out of domestic water if rain does not fall soon.
Quilpie Mayor Stuart McKenzie says the prolonged hot and dry season has led to a "water drought" in the region.
He says on his place, four dams are dry and there is only a few weeks of household supply left.
"I'm hearing of other people ... their waterholes never go dry, they're just about gone," he said.
"Dams, household dams, same sort of thing, where it has never been a problem but they're going dry because a lot of these catches need an inch, half-an-inch of rain, a storm and they'll fill and that just hasn't happened.
"There will be a fair few people facing extreme water shortages, not just at the house, but for stock as well."
He says the extreme heat of last month has exacerbated the problem.
"On our property, we've got four dams dry and at the house, there's a couple of weeks [supply] left," he said.
"We are just about 12 months now since the last rain of any note which ran any water and a lot of people are in the same boat.
"You go back to March last year since there was any real water run-off anywhere and just the extreme January that we had, it's a real water drought for the region."