Water restrictions are now at Level 1 for Greater Sydney

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Water restrictions are now at Level 1 for Greater Sydney

Published 2 March 2020

The recent rain was very welcome from the severe drought conditions we’d been experiencing. Level 2  water restrictions have been replaced by Level 1 restrictions on Sunday 1 March for Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra areas.

We don’t know how long they will be in place as it’s too soon to say if the rain is the start of drought recovery, or welcome temporary relief from dry conditions. We will always need to be water resilient so it’s important to continue to conserve water.

Under Level 1 water restrictions, Greater Sydney residents and businesses are not allowed to:

  • Leave hoses running unattended - except for when filling a pool
  • Wash vehicles or buildings without a fitted hose with trigger nozzle
  • Use sprinklers or watering systems at any time - except for drip irrigation or smart water systems that automatically adjust to weather conditions
  • Hose hard surfaces - except for spot cleaning for safety, health or emergency reason

For breaches of restrictions, fines will continue to apply - $220 for residential and $550 for businesses. Exemptions are available for businesses and industries that rely on outdoor use through the Sydney Water website.

Restrictions help us all do our bit, but there are many other ways to save water such as:

  • Having 4-minute showers
  • Doing full loads of washing
  • Using the half flush on the loo
  • Turning off running taps

If we all do our bit and save a little, together we'll make a big difference.

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