BATHURST Regional Council looks in no hurry to further ease water restrictions for residents even after Ben Chifley Dam reached capacity on Monday morning.
A steady dump of about 27mm of rain across the Bathurst region on Sunday was enough to finally take the dam to 100 per cent capacity for the first time since late 2016.
It represents a dramatic turnaround for the Bathurst region's main water storage which fell as low as 28 per cent in February, the lowest level recorded since the dam wall was raised in 2000.
The plummeting water level also saw council introduce water restrictions for the first time, with residents banned from using hoses and from watering lawns during the worst of it.
Restrictions were eased slightly last month after the dam passed the 80 per cent mark with an odds and evens system now in place for households and hoses again allowed to be used.
But as he watched water flowing over the Chifley Dam spillway on Monday morning, mayor Bobby Bourke said he was in no rush to see restrictions eased further.
"I think we'll stick to where we are for a while," Cr Bourke said.
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"We are having more talks in council on where we are up to with that but there's no rush to do that [ease restrictions].
"I think people are going by the odds and evens and controlling what they do. Swimming pools can still be filled and you can still hold a hand-held hose so that's not too bad.
"We've learned a lot in the last three years about water and when we got down to 28 per cent things didn't look real good ... but the skies opened up and we've got to take advantage of that and plan for a better system of how we use and deal with our water."
Cr Bourke said a full dam was also a boost for its many recreational users.
"It's a long time since I've seen the water go over the dam wall," he said.
"It's a good recreational dam, this, and we have a lot people come out here to fish, ski and the boats will be back and they haven't been here for nearly two and a half years ... and that will put a bit of life back in the dam.
"It's a beautiful place to be at the moment. The hills are as green as we could see in Ireland and it's just a good atmosphere out here at the moment."
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said recent rain across the Bathurst electorate had provided a huge boost for the region.
He said the confidence and optimism that came with seeing the dam reach capacity would have a flow-on effect through the local economy.
"To see the dam go from 28 per cent to 100 per cent is just welcome news right across the region," Mr Toole said.
"It's been pretty tough for our communities and pretty tough for our farmers over the past four years so this is wonderful news, but it's also a reminder to all of us to ensure that we look after water as a precious resource."
Mr Toole said the state government was investing $25 million in water security across the region in partnership with council.
"It's about providing water security for this region," he said.
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