THE Rockhampton Regional Council is urging residents to be water-wise as the mercury rises and the dry conditions prevail.
Acting Mayor Cherie Rutherford said the hot weather had influenced a spike in demand and it was important to be frugal in the drought-affected region.
"During this kind of weather we often see a spike in watering as people try to save their gardens and we really want people to be smart about how they do that," Cr Rutherford said.
"Avoid watering between 9am and 4pm as it'll just evaporate in the sun. Applying mulch to retain the moisture and watering deeply less often rather than lightly all the time will promote healthier plants.
Fitzroy River Water Manager Jason Plumb said the RRC would be monitoring usage.
"While the barrage is still at a healthy level, we don't take anything for granted and that's why it's important for people to think about their water consumption," Dr Plumb said.
"If the current trend continues, we will be closely monitoring the demand in areas to ensure our infrastructure can supply it but by doing the few things we've suggested, it will make a big difference for the whole region."