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Water Wise Guidelines
The NSW Government has announced that level 1 water restrictions will be eased to new Water Wise Guidelines from December 1 2020. 

It’s still important that we continue to save water and practice water wise behaviours.  

Under the new Water Wise Guidelines, you can use drinking water to: 
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water lawns and gardens before 10 am and after 4 pm using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, sprinklers or standard watering systems

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water new turf and gardens at any time for up to 28 days 

water lawns and gardens with drip irrigation systems or 'smart water systems' at any time

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top up pools and spas to replace water lost through evaporation

fill new or renovated pools and spas

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wash vehicles with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment

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clean buildings (including windows, walls and gutters) with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment

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cool people and animals.

Our water is too precious to waste. Whenever you're using water outside, you need to ensure it doesn't run off onto hard surfaces such as paths and roads.

The drought has reminded us that saving water needs to be our new way of life. Recent rainfall has been encouraging, but it’s still too early to tell if this is temporary relief from drought conditions or a sign that things are improving.

Water Wise tips

Need more information?

From cleaning cars and boats to building and construction, find out more about Water Wise Guidelines at the Sydney Water website.

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