Level 2 water restrictions start 10 December 2019

Sydney Water has announced that Level 2 water restrictions for residents and businesses will commence on 10 December 2019.

Under the new Level 2 water restrictions:

  • gardens can only be watered before 10am or after 4pm with a watering can or bucket
  • smart and drip irrigation systems may only be used for 15 minutes before 10am or after 4pm
    the use of unattended hoses is no longer permitted
  • hosing of hard surfaces is not permitted, unless in an emergency
  • cars can only be washed with a bucket or at a commercial car wash
  • a permit is required before filling a pool of any size.

Fines of $220 will apply for residents and $550 for businesses who don’t follow the restrictions.

Businesses who use outdoor water will need to apply for an exemption. If a business received a permit under the previous level of restrictions, they’ll need to contact Sydney Water to confirm it’s still valid.

The Level 2 restrictions are expected to save around 78.5 gigalitres of water per year, about 30,000 Olympic pools. 

Sydney Water manages and monitors the water restriction including enforcement. 

 Find out more about Level 2 water restrictions at the Sydney Water website

Want help saving water? 

Inner West Council supports sustainable water use by providing free rainwater harvesting workshops to residents and rainwater tank rebates*

Find out more about rainwater tank rebates 

*terms and conditions apply.


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