Bendemeer residents will join those in Nundle and Manilla on Saturday as the village gets put on Level 1 water restrictions by Tamworth Regional Council.
The trigger for Level 1 restrictions in Bendemeer occur when the average daily flow in the Macdonald River fall below 2 megalitres.
TRC Water Sustainability Officer Ian Lobban recently measured the daily flow at 1.2 megalitres, setting this course of action.
“Everything has taken a real nose dive recently, especially the Namoi and Peel flows- Ian Lobban
“Everything has taken a real nose dive recently, especially the Namoi and Peel flows,” Mr Lobban said.
“Those three supplies, Bendemeer, Nundle and Manilla are more susceptible because they are on those river supplies.”
“For Tamworth, the Chaffey Dam augmentation is holding up really well.”
“It is getting pretty close to triggering Level 2 restrictions, although we are able to average the flow out over a month.”
The upgraded restrictions means that residents will only be able to use sprinklers for two hours a day, between 6pm and 8pm, while hand held hoses can be used at any time between 6pm and 8am.
“It is not looking all that great for Nundle, Manilla and Bendemeer until we can get some good rains in those catchments,” Mr Lobban said.