The Bureau of Meteorology’s Water Restrictions website provides access to current water restrictions information for the whole of Australia. Water restrictions information can be searched by State or Territory, water agency and restriction name. Water restriction names and rules vary throughout Australia due to local requirements.
The Sydney Water management area, covering greater Sydney, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. This includes residents, businesses, local councils and goverment agencies.
The Water Wise Rules are:
- Watering, including with sprinklers and irrigation systems, is allowed any day before 10 am and after 4 pm to avoid the heat of the day.
- All hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle.
- No hosing of hard surfaces such as paths and driveways. Washing vehicles is allowed.
- Fire hoses may be used for fire fighting activities only.
The Water Wise Rules are simple, common sense actions that apply to all Sydney Water customers in Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. This includes residents, businesses, local councils and government agencies.
Sydney Water encourages the community to use their common sense when applying the Water Wise Rules. For example;
- Wash your car on the lawn wherever possible. This will not only water and fertilise your lawn but will also avoid stormwater pollution.
- Avoid any form of outdoor hosing between 10 am and 4 pm to avoid the heat of the day, when evaporation is high.
- Use a broom to clean up leaves, grass clippings, dirt, dust or general litter on paths or driveways instead of hosing.
Being water wise makes good sense. Water efficiency, together with with more recycling projects and desalination coming on line, means greater Sydney is in a stronger position to secure water for life.
Recycled water, bore water and water used for testing fire systems, fire fighting and related activities are exempt from the Water Wise Rules. Water from rainwater tanks is also exempt if it is not topped up from Sydney Water’s supply.
Some government restrictions do apply to bore water and water extracted from rivers, so always check with your local council and the NSW Office of Water.