Level 1 water restrictions are in place for the Blue Mountains.

It’s too soon to say if the recent rain is the start of drought recovery, or welcome temporary relief from dry conditions. In the meantime, it's important we continue to conserve water so Level 1 water restrictions still apply.

You can learn more about how they apply to you by visiting lovewater.sydney

With level 1 restrictions in place, this means:

Gardens: You can only water your garden with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket before 10am and after 4pm.

Sprinklers: You can't use standard sprinklers or watering systems.

Hoses: You can't leave hoses unattended.

Hosing of hard surfaces: You can't hose hard surfaces like paths or driveways unless there is an emergency or for health and safety reasons.

Washing your car: You can wash your car with a bucket and sponge, a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, high pressure water cleaning equipment or at a commercial car wash.

Topping up your pool: You can only top up top-up your pool to replace water lost through normal use conditions including evaporation. Over-filling of the pool to the point where there is run-off will be deemeda breach of these restrictions. Read our FAQs below for more information on topping up your pool.

Refilling your pool: You can only empty or refill your pool or spa if you have a permit from Sydney Water. Read our FAQs below 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.