Why we need water restrictions

Water restrictions limit how and when we use drinking water outdoors and help reduce demand when we’re not getting enough rain. With the drought getting worse, severe water restrictions are in place.

Level 2 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, it will make a big difference across all of Greater Sydney. If you see someone deliberately misusing water, you can make a report about water restrictions.

Using drinking water for firefighting, testing and related activities is not restricted. You are able to use any available water source to fight housefires or bushfires that threaten property and do whatever is necessary to prepare your property if it is under imminent threat from bushfires.

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Storage level

Total water storage across Greater Sydney on Wednesday 22 January is 42.6%

This figure is updated daily from unverified data from WaterNSW.

Weekly verified reports can be viewed at the WaterNSW website.

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Water saving tips

Water restrictions help us save water, but there are many other ways to save. Check out how Sydney is saving water.

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