BATHURST Regional Council concedes it may have to review its policy for watering the city's premier parks and playing fields as the water level at Ben Chifley Dam remains below 30 per cent capacity.
When Bathurst moved to Level 4 water restrictions last October, council voted to prioritise the watering of a number of "high community value" facilities while reducing the amount of water on other council-owned assets.
The priority facilities include Machattie Park, Kings Parade, Carrington Park, Morse Park, Learmonth Park, Police Paddock and Proctor Park, reflecting their importance to Bathurst's sporting and community life.
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Council takes unfiltered water from Winburndale Dam to water its parks and playing fields but is already making plans to divert that water through the filtration plant to supplement supplies from Chifley Dam as a critical measure as the drought continues.
Even prior to that, though, council is set to review the times it currently waters its facilities to avoid watering during the hottest part of the day, following questioning from resident Doug Findlay at last week's monthly council meeting.
"Just an observation we made today; we drove past Carrington Park at 10.30 and later on about 1.15 and the sprinklers were going," Mr Findlay said from the public gallery.
"Is it a conscious decision of council to water Carrington Park during these hours when evaporation is at its highest level?
"If it is a conscious decision, can this be reviewed by council [so] that watering of Carrington Park is carried out according to the guidelines which the council quite wisely implemented for all of us - that is, before 10am and after 4pm?"
Engineering services director Darren Sturgiss confirmed council was deliberately watering its fields and parks outside of the hours imposed on households because it wanted to be watering while council's parks and gardens staff were around to monitor it.
However, he indicated a change might be coming.
"We appreciate that we can review the situation as we go towards the cooler parts of the year," Mr Sturgiss said.