Water Restrictions in effect in Greater Sydney

Earlier this week the NSW Government acted, sooner than anticipated, and announced that Level 1 water restrictions will come into effect across Greater Sydney this coming Saturday, June 1.

It is important to note that IN GENERAL water restrictions DO NOT apply to businesses however you, as members, do need to apply for exemptions through Sydney Water to ensure that your business can continue to operate as normal.

Water restrictions for both businesses and the public are enforceable and penalties will apply after a three month grace period if exemptions are not in place.

Exemptions can be applied for online during the three month grace period at: www.sydneywater.com.au/exemptions

As an overview:

  • Water restrictions are enforceable and penalties will apply after a three month grace period.
  • Exemptions are available for non-residential customers with outdoor water use as their core business.
  • Before you apply for an exemption you are encouraged to review the water restrictions carefully as you may not need to apply for one at all. You don't need to apply for an exemption if your business only uses water indoors or the water you use outdoors is not drinking water. The restrictions limit the use of drinking water outdoors only.
  • Exemption applications are expected to be processed within 30 days. Exemption permits and stickers will then be sent to the business if eligible. The permit will list any conditions you will need to follow to maintain your exemption.
  • During the application review period you can continue your normal business activities unless specifically contacted.

There is a list of Level 1 exclusions. Exclusions are a list of water sources and uses where restrictions don’t apply. There is no need to apply for exemptions for these, and they are available to everyone (residential and non-residential users). The following are excluded from the restrictions:

· Drip irrigation systems, or automated watering systems incorporating soil moisture sensors

· Recycled water (from non-potable pipework)

· Greywater

· Bore water and water taken from rivers

· Rainwater (as long as the tank/dam isn't topped up from, or switched to, the drinking water supply)

· Water parks

· Water used for firefighting, testing and related activities

· Water used for dust suppression & concrete mixing

· Auto (drive through) car washes

· Topping up swimming pools to replace water lost through normal use, including evaporation

· Flushing boat engines and using hoses with trigger nozzles/high pressure cleaning equipment to clean bilges and essential safety components on boat trailers such as brakes and wheels

· Watering of newly laid turf by hand held hose or sprinkler for a period of 7 days from date of installation.

For restrictions that apply to everyone: www.sydneywater.com.au/restrictions  

If you have any questions regarding these restrictions, please contact Craig Perring, Business & Technical Support Officer on 0439 661 368 or via email – craig.perring@ngina.com.au.