BATHURST Regional Council is said to be leading the way with its response to growing water security concerns.
The comment has been made by multiple councillors following this week's local government conference, where they met with other council representatives from around the state.
Deputy mayor Ian North said that, at that meeting, it became apparent that Bathurst was far better prepared to deal with the ongoing drought than many councils.
"This council is so far ahead of every other council. A lot of councils are asking for help - we're actually giving solutions," he said.
"A lot of councils out there are struggling, they don't know what to do. This council has done a great job."
A report was presented to Wednesday night's council meeting that listed all the different projects being investigated for Bathurst and the consultants that have been engaged.
A near identical report, including information like costs for these consultancies. was further discussed behind closed doors.
Cr North noted that it was good to see that the council was being transparent with residents about the many ways it was looking to protect the city's water supply.
But the efforts of council staff go beyond that, he said, pointing to the fact that the mayor, general manager and department heads were taking every opportunity they could to talk to higher levels of government about the situation.
"When we were away, I know the mayor and the general manager took the chance to talk to Mr [James] McTavish (NSW Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator) and while at the races we grabbed the ear of a few gentlemen that we needed to let know we had a problem with drought," Cr North said.
"I'm pleased the council is telling the public more of what we are doing and what's going on behind the scenes."
Speaking on the same report, Cr John Fry said that it was an example of how "proactive" the Engineering Services department of council was in regards to water.
"I reckon we are more proactive than a lot of councils on water," he said.
He also remarked that he would be putting forward a motion at the next appropriate council meeting to declare Bathurst in a state of water emergency.
It follows a resolution from the local government conference to declare a state of climate emergency, pushing the state government to take clear, effective steps to avert a climate crisis.
"Should [the motion in Bathurst] get through, I'd be hoping that we are sending a message to the state government and any other funding bodies that may be out there that we are taking this climate and water emergency extremely seriously and we are doing a number of preparations," Cr Fry said.
"It's also a call for action to everyone to really think about water and think about our water future."
Council has said previously that it is looking at a range of short-term options to secure Bathurst's water supply now, as well as medium and long-term options that can be implemented for future security.
Among the projects being investigated by consultants are stormwater harvesting, water quality investigations at Winburndale Dam, and to make inquries on council's behalf for the potential purchase of groundwater and general access irrigation licences.
These consultancies, and others, are being funded from the $2 million drought assistance provided to council by the state government.
Council has also imposed extreme water restrictions on the region after nearly 12 months on level three (high) restrictions.