If recent rain patterns are anything to go by, things aren't looking positive for farmers in the Bathurst region as they battle through the drought.
Just 61.4 millimetres of rain has been recorded in Bathurst since April 1, with only one day having rainfall over six millimetres (21.4 millimetres fell on Saturday, May 4).
Vicki Wilson of Town and Country Rural Supplies said some parts of the Bathurst region are suffering "severely" because of the drought.
"There are pockets that are quite bad," she said.
"Farmers are needing to buy their water in for their household and their stock.
"People are just remaining positives that it's going to rain.
"We talk to our clients every day and we go through the same emotional stresses they go through because we see their struggles every day."
As of July 16, Chifley Dam sits at 43.8 per cent full. The lowest dam level since the raising of the dam wall was 41 per cent in June 2003.
Only at the start of 2018 was Chifley Dam sitting at 86 per cent full, but a drastic fall throughout the first half of last year brought the dam level to 54 per cent in July.
Ms Wilson said she's never seen a drop in dam levels like that before.
"The main thing is - and everyone has been saying it - that it's going to rain one day," she said.
"To have a good spring - which is like six weeks away - we need rain now."
Ms Wilson said she is concerned about her clients' stock numbers, that have dropped dramatically too because of the drought.
"Stock numbers in this area have dropped about 60 per cent," she said.
"You can only assume in shops like ours that we aren't selling amount of vaccines and things like that.
"We're still selling products but not the quantities in certain products. However, where we've lost sales in certain products, we've received more sales in other products."
There's no rain forecast for Bathurst in the next week.