Despite there being 17mm of rain in the Lake Rowlands catchment in the past fortnight, the general manager of Central Tablelands Water Gavin Rhodes, has announced that level three water restrictions will come into effect on July 1.
"Lake Rowlands historically fills over the winter period, however, the long term rainfall forecast for the Lake Rowlands catchment area is not looking favourable," he said.
"Although water supply demand has reduced significantly due to the much cooler winter period, the storage level at Lake Rowlands has continued to fall due to the prolonged drought."
CTW's chairman, Cr David Somervaille said that consumers are to be commended for their vigilance in meeting the Level Two restriction targets.
"I have no doubt the same will apply when Level three restrictions come into effect," he said.
Level Three restrictions consists of an "odds and evens" system under which watering of gardens and lawns is permitted only every second day between the times of 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, with the use of microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses only.
Additional approval has been granted by Council for the use of a hand held trigger hose for up to 1 hour per allocated watering day to water gardens only.
CTW will continue to closely monitor the inflows into Lake Rowlands and forecasts of the Bureau of Meteorology.
All information pertaining to the requirements of Level 3 Water Restrictions is available on CTW's website at www.ctw.nsw.gov.au or by calling CTW on 02 6391 7200.