THE council has welcomed national media putting the region's water crisis in "the public arena" and hoped it would continue to motivate people to be more conservative as supplies dwindle.
This week, ABC homed-in on councils, businesses and communities grappling drought between Tenterfield and Murrurundi in the region for a week-long special on the current conditions.
"We need the public to be aware of the seriousness of the situation," water director Bruce Logan said.
He said the attention might increase the fear factor around the current circumstances, but he didn't mind as long as people were motivated to act on conservation measures.
The national broadcaster's coverage even suggested bigger towns like Tamworth and Orange could only have six to 12 months supply if the situation did not improve.
It was a prognosis which Orange City Council's mayor Reg Kidd labeled "very, very naughty" and it "sensationalised a little bit".