Starting from the 1st of March 2020, Sydney’s water restriction was dropped from level 2 to level 1 after the biggest rain event hit the city after 20 years. This restriction level will be implemented across all Sydney suburbs after the water quality in the catchment dams significantly improved.
Greater Sydney’s dam levels already spiked after the significant February rainfall. Now, the city’s overall water storage is at 80.4%. Within the past week alone, Sydney’s catchment already captured more than 20mm of rainfall. Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s main dam has now a water storage level of 80.3%, more than 20% higher than the water level in the previous week. Woronora Dam is currently at 63.3%, while Prospect Dam is now at 87.2%.
Level 1 restrictions: Do’s and don’ts
With the level 1 restriction in place, businesses and residents are all banned from leaving their hoses open and running while unattended. Washing vehicles with hoses that are not fitted with a corresponding trigger nozzle or using standard watering systems or sprinklers are also banned.
Under level 1 water restrictions, businesses and residents can water new turf using the 4 week watering plan without needing to apply for an exemption.
You can also water new and existing lawns using;
- Hand-held hose with a fitted trigger nozzle, bucket, all watering can be done before 10am or after 4pm.
- Drip irrigation system
- Smart watering-compliant system that includes soil moisture, rain, and weather adjustment sensors
When you say compliant with the smart watering mechanism, it means that one can only use a water system that is fully controlled by a timer that also adjusts its watering pattern automatically based on changes in weather and plant water demands. This system uses external weather services and sensors and comes with different types of micro sprayers, drippers, and other head attachments.
Who are eligible to apply for exemptions?
All land owners can apply for water restriction exemptions. They will be considered if they fall under any of the following circumstances:
- If they have a valid reason to apply for an exemption or if they have a special circumstance like medical conditions
- If they need to fill a renovated or new spa or pool
- If they have purchased new turf and need to extend the turfs 4 week establishment period
How to apply for an exemption?
If you’re a merchant operating a business that relies on the use of outdoor water, you may file for an exemption permit at the Sydney Water website. The same is true for individuals who have an existing medical condition.
After purchasing your new turf, we recommend you also visit the Sydney Water Website and apply for watering exemption if your turf hasn’t established within the 4 week watering plan. Give us a call, we will gladly help you with the process to ensure your new turf stays beautiful throughout the water restriction time.
Hi Quality Turf gladly helps customers make good turf-buying decisions. We’re proud of our unmatched customer service, walking you through the buying process to make sure you’re getting nothing but the best.
For further water restriction details or to purchase new turf, please give us a call on 1800 887 258 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help!