Parkes Shire Council is urging rural residents accessing the Shire's standpipes under the drought response measures, to observe the recommended usage to ensure this vital drought support measure can continue.

The appeal comes after water supply to the townships of Bogan Gate, Trundle and Tullamore were compromised after water was excessively drawn from the Bogan Gate Standpipe resulting in Council having to shut down the service to allow reserves to replenish.

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said "the free standpipe water measure was introduced to ensure that our drought-affected rural residents not connected to the town supply, have access to the water they need for essential domestic and stock use."

"Unfortunately, in some instances we have seen some users take advantage of this arrangement by using the potable water to fill dams."

"Council are reminding users that the free standpipe water may only be used to fill tanks and troughs, as well as for domestic use."

Free standpipe water for eligible rural residents was introduced in August 2018 as a drought response measure, however Council may be forced to limit or revoke this measure should excessive use continue.

Users eligible for free water can refer to the Standpipe Terms of Use on Council's website which defines the acceptable types of use and average weekly usage limits per access card holder.

Residents can be assured that non-eligible users, including commercial entities, are being appropriately charged for water at commercial rates of $4.70 per kl, and their usage is being monitored.

Residents connected to the town water supply are not eligible for this program.