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​How Sydney’s level 2 water restrictions affect you

​How Sydney’s level 2 water restrictions affect you

With minimal rain forecast for the next few months and dam levels at around 45%, authorities have decided that on 10 December 2019 the Sydney, Blue Mountains, and Illawarra areas will move to Level 2 Water Restrictions. While many may have experienced the strict water restrictions of the Millenium drought cutting down on home water use could be a new exercise for many. Lots of our customers have questions about how level 2 water restrictions will affect their day to day living so we’ve put together this handy guide.

What you can’t do during level 2 water restrictions

Sydney residents can’t:

  • use a regular sprinkler, soaker hose, weeping hose or watering system at any time.
  • let the water run off on to paths, driveways, or roads.
  • allow children or pets to play under sprinklers or use children’s toys which connect to a hose.
  • use a hose with a trigger nozzle, sprinkler or soaker hose to water new turf after the initial 4 week period.
  • fill a new or renovated pool or spa (larger than 500L) without a permit, pool cover, or lockable spa cover.
  • clean your car using a hose, even with a trigger nozzle.
  • clean external building walls, gutters, or hard surfaces like paths and driveways with a hose or high-pressure cleaner.
  • use water for dust suppression without a permit (unless no alternative is reasonably available).
  • leave hoses or taps running unattended at any time.
  • use drinking water to fill, refill, or top up your new or existing pond, lake, fountain, or water feature.

What you can do during level 2 water restrictions

Residents of Sydney are permitted to:

  • water gardens using a watering can or bucket prior to 10 am and after 4 pm each day.
  • use drip irrigation or smart watering systems for a maximum of 15 mins prior to 10 am and after 4 pm each day.
  • top up an existing pool or spa using a hose with a trigger nozzle, watering can, or bucket for a max of 15 mins each day to replace water lost through evaporation.
  • wash vehicles with a bucket and sponge or at a commercial car wash.
  • use recycled water, greywater, rainwater, bore and river water where needed. (Some restrictions and licenses are required, see Sydney Water for details.)
  • water new turf using a handheld hose with a trigger nozzle or use sprinklers and watering systems (continuous area of more than 30㎡) for up to 4 weeks from the delivery date following the Sydney Water New Turf Watering Plan.
  • wash a boat for 10 mins using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle after the boat has been in seawater.
  • flush boat motors with a bucket or specially designed flushing device fitted to a hose.
  • fill water tanks on a boat using a hose - do not leave unattended or allow to overflow.
  • clean bilges using a high pressure device or hose with trigger fitting.
  • wash a trailered vessel and trailer using bucket and sponge or commercial car wash.
  • clean essential safety components of boat trailers using high pressure hose or hose with trigger nozzle.
  • spot clean hard surfaces for health, safety, or emergency reasons with a hose with trigger fitting or high pressure cleaner.
  • wash a wheelie bin with a bucket or hose with trigger fitting.
  • wash windows or other glass with bucket and cloth or engage window cleaner who has an exemption permit.
  • use recycled water, greywater, rain or bore water to top up or fill a pond or water feature.

Fines for anyone deliberately misusing or wasting water can be $220 for individuals and $550 for businesses.

There are exemptions for some of these rules, for the full details on level 2 water restrictions in Sydney and how to apply for exemptions visit the Syndey Water website -

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