WATER for Tamworth is still being sourced from the Peel River, which has been flowing with gusto, after rain in late July.
Water NSW data from the river station at Paradise in Tamworth shows the water level in that section of the Peel has now been consistently above half-a-metre for more than six weeks.
The graph shows the last time the Peel River at Paradise stayed above that level for that length of time was in early 2019.
Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) confirmed it would continue to source the precious resource directly from the river for as long as flows allow.
Water NSW statistics show Dungowan Creek, which runs into the Peel, has been consistently flowing at its highest levels since 2017 during the past few weeks.
Dungowan Dam spilled over when it reached 100 per cent capacity in July, sending excess water down the creek.
Dungowan Dam is sitting at about 97 per cent full.
Chaffey Dam had risen to 25.8 per cent full on Thursday.
Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal are on Level 4 water restrictions, and there won't be any further easing of water rules until Chaffey Dam hits 30 per cent.
Only a small portion of the water washing down the Peel River is coming from Chaffey Dam, which is usually Tamworth's main water source.
TRC is not releasing any water from the supply, and has said it will hold out on tapping back into Chaffey's supply for as long as possible.
About 3ML of water per day is being released by the state government for environmental reasons.
Steady rainfall on Wednesday night fell in the Tamworth region. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) station at Tamworth airport notched 15.4mm of rain to 9am on Thursday, but locals in South Tamworth and Attunga and Manilla recorded more.
The gauge at the head of the Peel near Nundle recorded 17mm overnight.
Keepit Dam was sitting at 25.1 per cent on Thursday and Split Rock Dam was at 4.9 per cent full.