IF THERE is no significant rain from now until Christmas, the Tweed Shire will be in drought and water restrictions enacted.
"Dry weather in the first half of the year has resulted in low river flows which are now affecting the water supply," said Tweed Shire Council's manager of water Anthony Burnham.
The Clarrie Hall Dam is currently at 98% and the council has been releasing water from it into the Tweed River since July 28.
"The controlled release of water will reduce the dam level by about one per cent a week and without significant rain, water restrictions will need to be considered by the end of the year," Mr Burnham said.
"Although water restrictions won't be put in place until the dam falls to 75% capacity, we'd like to remind customers of the need to reduce their water use now."
Currently the average resident is using 197 litres per day, which is 27 litres more over the daily quota to reach the council's Target 170 campaign, which aims to reduce an individual's use of water by 2016.
Ratepayers will receive their first quarterly water notice over the coming months.
"I'd strongly encourage households to use their Water Notice to see how they're tracking against our new Target 170 and adjust their water use accordingly," Mr Burnham said.
Measures which reduce water consumption include planting drought-resistant plants, having shorter showers, checking facets and pipes for leaks and using your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.