The lack of rainfall has led to a Sydney water emergency, with Sydney water restrictions in place from this weekend

Fines for Sydney water restrictions breaches will be $220 for individuals and $550 for companies from June 1.

The ongoing drought in New South Wales means the State government will be forced to act, with local water restrictions in place Saturday.

Level one water restrictions will be put in place for the first time in ten years.

What you can’t do?

Watering down hard surfaces like driveways with a garden hose.

Operation of sprinkler systems to be curtailed.

With Sydney dam levels falling to just above 50% the restrictions are an attempt to force Sydney-siders to become more efficient.

Sydney Water restrictions website

Levels are currently at 53.6 per cent.

Sydney’s only desalination plant at Kurnell was turned on earlier this year.

Sydney Water Restrictions

Sydney water has released the rules on their website:

More than 85% of Greater Sydney’s water supply relies on rain. This means that our water is in short supply during prolonged droughts. 

Water restrictions limit how and when we use drinking water  outdoors and help reduce demand when we’re not getting enough rain.

Water restrictions apply to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This includes both residents and businesses.  

If we all do our bit and save a little, it will make a big difference across Greater Sydney.

Sydney water accessible volume over the last decade in decline.

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