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Residents to remain focused on water conservation as temperatures climb and dam levels fall November 27, 2020 12:00 pm AEDT Date Time Residents to remain focused on water conservation as temperatures climb and dam levels fall Council is reminding residents to stay the course and adhere to level 3 water restrictions as temperatures climb and the Armidale region catchment misses out on much needed rainfall to visit our website top-up the water supply. The last two weeks of water usage statistics has seen a steep increase in water consumption with daily per person usage already at 180-190 litres per person per day. Our current target for level 3 restrictions is set at the NSW State average of 180 litres per person per day. Interim Administrator Viv May says it was unfortunate that the catchment had missed out on the recent good rainfall that had fallen over much of the State. “Total water storage levels have been consistently dropping and are currently sitting at 66.3 percent capacity,” said Mr May “I am urging residents to put to good use the water saving strategies that helped us through the drought in 2019 and ensure you understand the level 3 water restrictions currently applied, for residents on the potable network. “Reducing your water usage will be doubly important this year as the residential water tariff has increased. So being water wise will not only help conserve our valuable water supply but assist in managing household budgets.” The weather outlook is still in favour of La Nina and above average rainfall until the end of February. Unfortunately the effect of La Nina has not been felt as favourably in our region as other areas in NSW that have recorded above average rainfall. November is typically one of our wettest months and to date we have only received 15mm in Armidale. Council is urging residents to remain cautious and use water wisely.