Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is forecasting the region has 293 days left of water.
This prediction is in accordance with the conditions of no river extraction opportunities and demand remaining unchanged from what is currently being experienced.
The dire statistic was listed in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council business papers, where water security sits prominently on the December 11 meeting agenda.
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NSW is experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record, with the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council LGA currently identified as being in 'Intense Drought' by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
"There have been extreme low catchment inflows over the past 12 months, which has resulted in limited river extraction opportunities and reliance on our water storage," the papers outline.
According to the data collected by council, there are 74 days until the region's water storage levels hit 35 per cent capacity for a level four water restrictions trigger. There are just 137 days until emergency level water restrictions are implemented.
Leo Cleary has been a dairy farmer for more than 20 years. His family's 300-acre farm is on the Hastings River at Brombin near Wauchope.
Mr Cleary has been unable to use water for irrigation for months, as the flow of the Hastings River is not at the appropriate level.
"We have absolutely no pasture for our cows to eat," he said.
This has driven up the production costs of the farm, as they have to purchase grain from Western Australia, hay from Victoria, soil pellets from South Australia and canola meal from Newcastle.
However, Mr Cleary said at the moment there is sufficient supply for stock and domestic use.
Mr Cleary is urging council to review its storage of water and to upgrade infrastructure, so water is appropriately captured from major rain or flood events.
Buy branded milk, is the message Mr Cleary wants to send the wider community to help support local farmers.
He said this will result in a better milk price from the farm gate.
Mr Cleary said a similar drought event happened in 1994 before 75mm fell on Christmas day.
He's hoping for a wet weather Christmas gift this year and holding out for a flood event, in comparison to the one which occurred in 1995.
As outlined in council's meeting business papers, two key projects have been identified to improve long-term water security.
These include the construction of a bulk water filtration plant at Cowarra Dam and raising of the dam's walls in order to increase storage capacity.
At the December meeting, council's general manager will report on water security and water availability for the local government area.
The council meeting starts at 5.30pm on Wednesday, December 11 at the Council Chambers in Port Macquarie.
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