Water restrictions

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Level 1 water restrictions are now in place

Water restrictions were eased to Level 1 on 1 March 2020 due to increased dam levels following recent rain.

The restrictions apply to everyone in Sydney including all residents and businesses.

Please remember, we all still need to do our bit to save water.

Key points

  • Gardens can be watered before 10am or after 4pm with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • Smart and drip irrigation systems may only be used before 10am or after 4pm
  • Hosing of hard surfaces is not permitted, unless in an emergency
  • Cars can be washed using a bucket, or hose with a trigger nozzle or at a commercial car wash
  • Pools or spas can be topped up using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket.

Fines of $220 apply for residents and $550 for businesses who don’t follow the restrictions.

For full details about the restrictions visit the Sydney Water website or call 13 20 92.

Report someone misusing water

If you see someone deliberately misusing water, you can report a possible breach to Sydney Water.

Exclusions and exemptions

Exclusions apply for:

  • Sources of water that are not restricted such as bore, recycled, tank water or grey water
  • Uses of water for which there is no practical alternative, such as firefighting.

Exemptions are available for some business and industries that rely on outdoor water use for critical activities as part of their business. If you need an exemption you will need to apply online.

Water saving tips

Water is a precious resource, so we shouldn’t waste it. There are many simple things you can do around your home and garden every day to use water efficiently. Tips to save water

Sydney Water has advice on services to fix leaks and install water efficient devices.