Restrict water to stem decline

WATER restrictions have come in to force for the first time in a decade to help stem a rapid decline in the city’s reservoirs.

Minister for Water, Melinda Pavey, said action needed to be taken to protect Greater Sydney’s water supply from drought conditions.
“We’re seeing some of the lowest inflows into our dams since the 1940s, So it’s vital we take early and decisive action,” Minister for Water, Melinda Pavey, said.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest forecast is predicting below-average rainfall and higher temperatures for June to August, which are key drivers of stronger water demand.
Water restrictions you must abide by:
• Your hose must have a trigger nozzle or wand with an instant on-off mechanism; water garden only before 10am or after 4pm.
• The use of sprinklers and watering systems is not permitted, except for drip irrigation systems or automated watering systems.
• You can’t leave a hose unattended, unless you are topping up a pool.
• Hosing hard surfaces like paths and driveways is not permitted. However, you can
always spot clean areas for health and safety reasons.
• You can only wash vehicles, boats and buildings with a bucket, a hose fitted with a
trigger nozzle.
• You will need a permit to fill a new or renovated pool greater than 10,000 litres and have a pool cover that is endorsed by the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia.
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