Voluntary water restrictions in the Shire, introduced to ensure sufficient volumes for authorities to fight several significant fires in the region, have been lifted and water use returned to normal usage.
Council has praised residents and businesses for heeding the call to minimise water use during the period as firefighters battled fires in the Wollemi National Park and other parts of the Shire.
While no official restrictions were in place residents were urged to limit outside usage, such as watering gardens, washing cars and hosing down concrete
Cooperation in reducing water consumption and using the precious resource wisely during the hot and dry conditions was appreciated. While the fires are now under control high temperatures a set to continue in the region and residents are urged to take precautions.
A Very High fire danger rating remains in place for the Greater Hunter region.