THE state government's water management has been called into question by one councillor who wants to see an audit of Chaffey Dam's releases.
Mark Rodda will present a notice of motion at Tuesday's ordinary council meeting calling for an explanation from the water minister on how 60 per cent of Chaffey's "capacity was released in 18 months".
He will present a request to councillors to write to the minister "to ask for an explanation about the water releases from Chaffey Dam from December 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019".
"Despite owning and managing only Dungowan dam, our council is often criticised by some for the dire water levels our storages are at," he said.
"I am often asked how we got from approximately 95 per cent in late 2016, to the critical level it is at now.
"Moving forward, we need some transparency and confidence that the state government's water manager will introduce measures to ensure that when Chaffey Dam's water level returns to a healthier level, errors aren't repeated again that deplete the dam's contents so quickly."
It comes less than a week after the state government announced it would fund the majority of a new 22.5 gigalitres dam for Tamworth near Ogunbil.
Cr Rodda acknowledged and welcomed the funding.
"These announcements can go some way to restoring optimism in many who are suffering from the scourge of drought," he said.
Questions have been raised after the announcement about which level of government will manage the new Dungowan Dam.