Water use in Tamworth amped-up last week as temperatures hit record highs.
Tamworth Regional Council data shows residents were going through about 20 megalitres per day last week.
Under level 5 water restrictions, the council aims to keep consumption in Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal below 16 megalitres per day.
Wet weather towards towards the end of the Tamworth Country Music Festival helped increase the city's water with one gigalitre of water flowing into Chaffey Dam.
However, the dam's capacity fell down to 13.42 per cent after the recent hot-spell, which included Tamworth's second-hottest night on record.
There was strong inflow into Dungowan Dam last week, with the council-owned storage surging to 19.38 per cent.
Releases from Chaffey were averaging 31.75 megalitres per day, last week.