Port Macquarie Hastings Council is warning without more good rain very tight water restrictions could be just around the corner.
Over 100 mlls of rain fell across the area yesterday and overnight, but before the rain the water level was hovering just above the trigger for Level Three water restrictions.
The Council said with demand expected to rise during the summer tourist season residents are still asked lower consumption.
Mayor Peter Besseling said Level Three restrictions are quite unpleasant.
"Level three water restrictions means no use of sprinklers, the use of hoses with triggers only between 6:30am and 7:00 am, and 6:00pm and 7:00pm," he said.
"So it's fairly restrictive, lets hope we get some more rain.
"We want to make sure that people conserve water as much as possible.
"Particularly as we lead into the Summer months, and our population swells with tourists."
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