NSW Water Restrictions and Approved Products

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NSW Water Restrictions and Approved Products
Sydney Water - Water Wise - New South Wales
***Update 1 December 2020***
NSW Government has advised that as of 1st December 2020, Water Wise Restrictions have now replaced Level 1 that was instigated in March of this year.
This will apply to residents and business in the Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra areas.
To read more about Water Wise Guidelines, check out our Water Wise blog!
Level 1 Restrictions
Since 1 March 2020, NSW water restrictions have eased to level 1.

More than 85% of Greater Sydney’s water supply relies on rain. This means that our water is in short supply during prolonged droughts. 

Water restrictions apply to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This is inclusive of both residential and commercial properties.  

Watering Lawns & Gardens

What you can do:

  • water lawns and gardens with a watering can or bucket
  • water lawns and gardens by hand held hose before 10 am or after 4 pm, as long as your hose is fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • water your garden with drip irrigation systems 
  • water lawns and gardens with watering systems with one or more of these features:
    • automated weather adjustment
    • rain sensor
    • soil moisture sensor
  • water new turf for one week after it's delivered as long as you follow the instructions provided by the turf supplier

What you can't do:

  • use standard sprinklers and watering systems at any time
  • leave hoses and taps running unattended

Cleaning Vehicles & Buildings

What you can do:

  • wash vehicles and buildings with a bucket, a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • clean garbage bins and bin wash bays using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • flush boat engines
  • clean bilges and essential safety components on boat trailers such as brakes and wheels using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment

What you can't do:

  • wash vehicles and buildings with a hose that isn't fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • leave hoses and taps running unattended

Filling Pools & Spas

What you can do:

  • top up an existing pool or spa to replace water lost through evaporation
  • fill a new or renovated pool with a capacity less than 10,000 litres without a permit

What you can't do:

  • fill a new or renovated pool or spa with a capacity greater than 10,000 litres unless you have a pool cover and permit from your pool supplier

Cleaning Hard Surfaces

What you can do:

  • spot clean hard surfaces for health, safety or emergency reasons only using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment

What you can't do:

  • clean hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved areas with a hose as part of general cleaning
  • leave hoses and taps running unattended

Exclusions:

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.

Source: More information on State Water Restrictions can be found on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website.

Dural Irrigation supports the Water Wise and WaterFix measures implemented by Sydney Water.  We are one of the largest stockists of water efficient and smart watering products in Australia. Below you will find products approved by Sydney Water during the Level 1 Water Restrictions in New South Wales. For more information on the current restrictions, visit the Sydney Water website.

You will find a wide range of smart controllers, sensors and drip irrigation. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us or call us on 1800 828 485 so we can source it for you!

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