As the NSW Central West town of Dubbo stares down the barrel of a summer without rain, the city's local council will implement level four water restrictions.
The city in central west NSW is projected to be among the first in the state to lose its supply of drinking water, News Corp previously reported, and the unrelenting drought has prompted council to vote to move from level two to level four water restrictions within the space of one month.
The decision was made Dubbo Regional Council's meeting on Monday night, after Mayor Ben Shields moved to introduce level three water restrictions from October 1.
"The Dubbo Region has already introduced voluntary level two restrictions but unfortunately as the drought situation worsens across the entire state it is now time to increase these restrictions," Mr Shields said.
However, in a statement released in the wake of the meeting, council says the desire to move to level four restrictions was heard "loud and clear" from speakers at its public forum in front of a "packed gallery".
The feedback prompted Councillor Dayne Gumley to move that the restrictions be bumped up to level four - categorised as "very high" - from November 1.
"This is an unprecedented time for Dubbo Regional Council, moving quickly from level 3 to 4 and will rely on full cooperation from the community," council's chief executive Mr McMahon said in a statement.
Under level four water restrictions, residents cannot water their lawns or wash down walls, can only wash cars from a bucket on the lawn in a three-hour period, are restricted to five minutes showers and are banned from having inflatable or temporary children's pools."
Australian Associated Press