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Swimming pool bans and $50K fines: What the new water restrictions mean for you

Swimming pool bans and $50K fines: What the new water restrictions mean for you

The beginning of spring has marked the start of the NSW Government’s new water limitations that come with heavy fines available for individuals and businesses.

The stage one restrictions have technically been in place since June 1, but the three-month grace period has expired.

Those who don’t comply will pay the price with harsher stage two restrictions expected to set in within the next 12 months and stage three won’t be too far behind.

Hose bans, personal water limits and up to $50,000 for violations are among measures that are going to be considered in the absence of rain.

The stage one restrictions are usually implemented when dam levels drop below 50 per cent, and they’re currently sitting at just below 49 per cent for the first time in 12 years.

There’s little relief expected in the coming months, as the Bureau of Meteorology’s spring climate outlook has forecasted a drier than average season for most of the country.

What do the stage one restrictions mean for you?

The restrictions mean for businesses and residents, you are not able to:

  • Water your lawn or gardens between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Use standard sprinklers and watering systems at any time
  • Leave hoses running unattended
  • Wash vehicles and buildings with a hose that isn’t fitted with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure cleaning equipment
  • Clean hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved areas with a hose as part of a general clean 
Fines of $220 apply to individuals and $550 for businesses and will be handed out by community water officers that drive around Sydney’s suburbs.

Sydney Water is also encouraging residents to file a complaint about any neighbours who fail to comply with restrictions.