Level 1 Water Restrictions – Sydney

Sydney's new Level 1 water restrictions were put in place from 1st June, 2019. Why?

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.


All of our Sustainable irrigation solutions comply with the new Level 1 Water Restrictions. If you have an existing irrigation system and you're not sure if it complies with the new restrictions, contact us, we are very happy to provide you with expert advice!

If you would like a NEW Smart irrigation system installed, we can design a solution for you, install it & provide maintenance services. A complete Smart solution.

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Fines for not following the restrictions?

Fines of $220 apply to individuals and $550 for businesses

Exemption Permit

We have been granted Sydney Water Exemptions under Level 1 Water Restrictions.

Permit Number 732921

How Does It Affect You?

Lawns & Gardens

You can water lawns and gardens with a watering can or bucket
You can water lawns and gardens by hand held hose before 10 am or after 4 pm, as long as your hose is fitted with a trigger nozzle
You can water your garden with drip irrigation systems
You can water lawns and gardens with watering systems with one or more of these features: automated weather adjustment, rain sensor, soil moisture sensor
You can water new turf for one week after it's delivered as long as you follow the instructions provided by the turf supplier
You can't use standard sprinklers and watering systems at any time
You can't leave hoses and taps running unattended

What’s Excluded?

Recycled water (supplied in some parts of Sydney through purple pipes)
Greywater (water from sinks, showers, washing machines etc)
Rainwater (as long as the tank/dam isn't topped up from, or switched to, the drinking water supply)
Bore water
River water (you need to have a licence)

Any Exemptions?

If you're a non-residential customer and you use water outdoors, you may be able to apply for an exemption.
Contact Sydney Water for more information or contact us for expert advice.