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Water restrictions eased

Water Wise Guidelines apply from 1 December

The NSW Government has announced that Water Wise Guidelines have replaced Level 1 water restrictions and apply to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This includes all residents and businesses. The restrictions have eased, but let’s stay water wise!

A summary of the Water Wise Guidelines

Under the guidelines, you can use drinking water to:

  • Water lawns and gardens before 10:00am and after 4:00pm using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, sprinklers or standard watering systems
  • Water new turf and gardens at any time for up to 28 days
  • Water lawns and gardens with drip irrigation systems or 'smart water systems'  at any time
  • Top up pools and spas to replace water lost through evaporation
  • Fill new or renovated pools and spas
  • Wash vehicles with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • Clean buildings (including windows, walls and gutters) with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • Cool people and animals.

You can't:

  • Allow water to run off onto hard surfaces
  • Leave taps and hoses running unattended
  • Allow pools or spas to overflow when being filled.

Please visit Sydney Water for more information.