Chaffey Dam's turn around has been remarkable and record breaking

FROM THE AIR: Tamworth was under the toughest restrictions in nine years just months ago, now Chaffey is on the brink of 100 per cent. Photo: Gareth Gardner

FROM THE AIR: Tamworth was under the toughest restrictions in nine years just months ago, now Chaffey is on the brink of 100 per cent. Photo: Gareth Gardner

CHAFFEY Dam is on the brink of a dramatic turn around in fortune, with eyes keenly watching for the first drops to pass through the spillway since augmentation.

It’s hard to believe Tamworth residents were wading through level four water restrictions as late as June 29 this year.

Less than two weeks later, following a huge rise in water stocks from 20 per cent up to 35 per cent, restrictions were bumped down to level two.

By the start of August, Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) was able to water restrictions to the lowest possible level, a first for the region in two-and-a-half years.

As restrictions became a distant speck in the rear view mirror, Tamworth became accustom to seeing records tumble at Chaffey Dam.

Chaffey surged past its old high watermark at the beginning of September, a feat nearly four years in the making, with 100 per cent last reached in November 2012.

It took two more weeks for Chaffey to crack 80 per cent capacity, with council predicting an imminent century for the in-form dam, a mark that’s still yet to be reached.

DRY TIMES: Chaffey Dam just weeks after the $46 million expansion was completed and strict conservation measures were in place. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 180516GD03

DRY TIMES: Chaffey Dam just weeks after the $46 million expansion was completed and strict conservation measures were in place. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 180516GD03

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