Level 1 water restrictions have been eased to new Water Wise Guidelines as of 1 December 2020

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. 

Under the guidelines, you can use drinking water to:

•    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
•    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
•    top up pools and spas to replace water lost through evaporation
•    fill new or renovated pools and spas
•    wash vehicles with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
•    clean buildings (including windows, walls and gutters) with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
•    cool people and animals.

You can't:

•    allow water to run off onto hard surfaces
•    leave taps and hoses running unattended
•    allow pools or spas to overflow when being filled.
 

You can visit sydneywater.com.au/guidelines for more information.


Did you know

  • 77% of all water is used inside the home. 23% is used outdoors. 
  • A 10 minute shower uses about 100 litres of water. 
  • An older single flush toilet can use up to 11 litres per flush while a modern dual-flush toilet uses only 6 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half flush.
  • The average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute.
  • The average outdoor tap can use up to 18 litres per minute.
  • The average indoor tap can use up to 4 litres per minute.
  • A typical top loader washing machine uses 110 litres of water per load of washing while a typical front loader only uses 65 litres of water per load- almost half the amount of water!
  • Hand washing your dishes uses around 15 litres of water while the average dishwasher uses 12 litres per load.
  • Taking a bath can use on average 113 litres of water, while a 4 minute shower on average would only use 40 litres of water.
  • A single flush toilet uses 11 litres of water per flush.
  • A dual flush toilet uses 4.5 litres of water for a full flush and 3 litres of water for a half flush.
  • The average person flushes the toilet 6 times a day.