26 September 2023

Water wise guidelines to replace restrictions

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Water restrictions for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Illawarra were lifted yesterday (1 December) and replaced with Water Wise Guidelines.

Minister for Water, Melinda Pavey said Greater Sydney had done a great job saving water during one of the worst droughts on record.

“People across Greater Sydney have done an outstanding job during water restrictions, collectively saving 77 gigalitres of water – the equivalent of 31,000 Olympic-size swimming pools,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Since March 2020 water use is down 7.5 per cent,” she said.

“The new Water Wise Guidelines follow common-sense behaviours we have seen over the past 12 months.”

Mrs Pavey said that while she wanted everyone to enjoy water this summer, it was important to remember to use it wisely.

“The heat wave over the weekend meant 3.7 gigalitres of water was consumed Friday and Saturday, the most consumed over two days for 2020,” the Minister said.

“A timely reminder how quickly dam levels can change,” she said.

Mrs Pavey said that under Water Wise Guidelines, tap water could be used to water lawns and gardens before 10am and after 4pm, if done with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, standard watering systems or supervised sprinklers.

The Water Wise Guidelines can be accessed on Sydney Water’s website at this PS News link.

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