Level 2 Water Restrictions - What They Mean to Sydney Residents


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New South Wales including regions such as Greater Sydney, Blue mountains. Hunter, Newcastle and Illawarra regions are facing the worst drought restrictions we have seen in over a decade. With dam at only 45% and seems to be a very dry summer with not much rain forecasted the government is applying level 2 water restrictions starting from 10th of December 2019 to help preserve such little water reserve we currently have. Being aware of what this means to you will help you do your part in the community and also save you hundreds of dollars in fines if you get caught not applying with the level 2 water restrictions. 

What are the water restrictions 

Water the garden 

Level 2 water restrictions means home residents can only water their gardens after 4 pm or before 10 am while using a watering can or bucket. The use of watering guns, nozzles and wands attached to hoses are banned completely. Anyone caught can be issued a $220 fine while businesses will be issued a $550 fine.  

Hosing down surfaces 

The hosing down of any hard surface is also banned unless it for an emergency and also all sprinkler systems are banned unless they are a drip system which also must only be used after 4 pm and before 10 am and only for a max of 15 minutes per day. A business that requires this will need to apply for a permit to do so, you can apply by clicking here and filling out the  “Application for a Surface Water Permit” 

Filling up Pools

You can only fill up an existing pool or spa using a fitted trigger nozzle for watering can for a maximum time of 15 minutes. You must only top up your pool or spa to replace water that has evaporated. To fill in a new pool or spa you must apply at Sydney Water to have a permit approved to do so. 

Washing your Car 

The washing of any vehicle must only be done with a bucket and sponge or at a car wash they use an approved recycling system. There are no exceptions whatsoever and the government has made it clear they will be issuing fines for anyone that does not comply with the rules. 

If you are still unsure about the restrictions there are a few new articles and that will assist you to understand. This 9 news article has great video and content to explain more. 

What can I do to help? 

New South Wales residents are also liable to make a conscious effort to fix any leaking tap or pipe within the houses they reside in, If you currently have a leaking tap or pipe you must attempt to fix this issue. If you need help with fixing a leaking tap or pipe and this includes faulty toilets that are running or losing water. The staff at WaterCo Plumber can assist you over the phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Visit WaterCo Plumbings leaking taps page to find out more information.     

Other ways to help are trying to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower. The NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Meldinda Pavey said in a statement on the Today show that by taking a couple of minutes less in the shower can save as much as 18 litres of water. This is a great way to do your part to help and all it takes is simply cutting your average shower time down by a few minutes.  

Special Exemptions

Some resident customers can have special exemptions for filling a pool or spa, to water new turf, medical reason or cultural compassionate grounds.  Visit the “Sydney Water special exemptions for residential customers”  to see if you are exempted or could apply