While many people are understandably caught up on the coronavirus pandemic, Bathurst mayor Bobby Bourke has called on the community to remain vigilant on saving water as NSW continues to battle through the drought.
And with more people working from home due to Federal Government's new restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there may be a rise of water usage throughout the day.
Cr Bourke has reminded the many members of the Bathurst community that may be stuck at home more often to remember the drought is still a massive concern for the region.
"I know people are more worried about the coronavirus but we've still got the situation where it hasn't rained much," he said.
"Every bit of water saved in the long term will be beneficial because water is so important to all of us.
"We'll need it and it'll be like a virus if we don't have it. If you don't need to use it, don't. Just save it."
Cr Bourke said he understands times are difficult due to the problems caused by the coronavirus, but is still encouraging the community to obey the rules when it comes to water.
"We just have to go around doing normal things as best as we can and try and not panic," he said.
"People need to adhere to what the government is saying about the coronavirus but they also need to listen to the message off council, which is to save water and obey the rules."
According to Cr Bourke, the Bathurst Regional Council's stormwater harvesting scheme is still continuing.
"That's on track for the end May," he said.
"We're progressing along but it'll be a little bit slower because of the coronavirus holding work up a bit."
Ben Chifley Dam dropped by 0.1 per cent in the last week, the total currently at 29.3 per cent as of March 24.
Water restrictions remain at an extreme level, with watering permitted on Sundays and Wednesdays, from a bucket or water can, for a maximum of 30 minutes only before 10am or after 4pm.