Every drop counts

Level two water restrictions across Sydney are to be relaxed after recent downpours boosted dam levels.

The downgrade from level two to level one is expected to come into force on March 1. Dams levels in greater Sydney have spiked after rainfall deluged the region over the February 8-9 weekend.

Capacity is running at 80.3 per cent at Warragamba Dam, 87.2 per cent at Prospect Dam and 63.6 per cent at Woronora Dam.

NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey said there was a two-week delay due to the extra pressure the downpour had put on the system in quality and quantity.

“A number of initiatives are in place to ensure the water is safe for use, including extensive testing, filtration and nets to catch debris, but we are allowing an extra two weeks purely as a precautionary measure,” she said.

Under level 1 water restrictions, residents and businesses are banned from leaving hoses running unattended, washing vehicles and buildings with a hose that isn’t fitted with a trigger nozzle or using standard sprinklers and watering systems.Fines will still apply for breaches – $220 for residential breaches and $550 for businesses.

Under level 2 restrictions, gardens can only be watered before 10am or after 4pm with a watering can or bucket, hosing of hard surfaces is banned and cars can only be washed using a bucket or at a car wash.