IT WOULD take a substantial rainfall event to have any impact upon local dam levels, Tamworth Regional Council has revealed.
On Monday, Tamworth was surprisingly the wettest place in the state, with more than 15mm.
At Chaffey Dam, 11mm was recorded, however the rain had no impact on the dam's level, which remains at 22.9 per cent.
Tamworth Regional Council's acting water director Dan Coe said the region would need a considerable amount of rainfall, 50mm or more, to see any serious impact on the inflow to Chaffey Dam.
The region is so dry, the ground soaked up the vast majority of the rainfall run off before it could reach Chaffey. Many rivers are also bone dry and provided no inflows to the dams.
Tamworth's annual rainfall figures halfway through the year are well below long-term averages.
Up until the end of June, there had been 176.8mm recorded at the Tamworth airport, less than half the long-term average for the midway point of the year.
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