Monday, 14 October, 2019

Australia: Sydney Imposed Water Restrictions Due to a Prolonged Drought

Sydney is facing water restrictions for the first time in a decade Sydney is facing water restrictions for the first time in a decade
Sandra Phillips | 30 May, 2019, 18:40

SYDNEY residents and businesses will face fines if they breach impending water restrictions as NSW grapples with drought and dam levels continue to fall.

But the state government has issued level one water restrictions from June 1, even though dam levels are now at 53 per cent.

Levels are now at 53.6 per cent.

Dam levels in the state are now just over 50 per cent, down sharply from 96 per cent in April 2017, she said.

Water restrictions are automatically triggered across the Greater Sydney region when dam levels drop below 50 per cent. Sydney has experienced below-average rainfall for the past two years, and is officially in drought.

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They are an important element of Greater Sydney's drought response as they help reduce water demand when we're not getting enough rain.

"This is a decision that will have an impact on Sydney but given the behaviour of Sydney residents over the past 17 or 18 years, I suspect most people are complying with the type of rules that will become official on June 1". Sydneysiders use about 11bn litres of water a week.

The restrictions will mean that lawns and gardens can only be watered with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, between 4pm-10 am. When it was restarted, chief executive officer Keith Davies predicted the plant would be producing water "within three or four months".

Operation of sprinkler systems to be curtailed.

If you break these water restrictions you could cop a fine of up to $220, or $550 for companies.

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