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Sydney water restrictions imposed for the first time in a decade
Lois Lee | 승인 2019.05.30 10:00

Water restrictions will be enforced in Sydney from Saturday 1 June as NSW continues to face drought and decline in the city’s reservoirs. 

This will be the first restriction in a decade, as the last one was lifted in Sydney in June 2009. 

"Basically with the lack of rain, with the lowest inflows into Sydney water storages since 1940, the Government has come to the decision that it is best to go into water restrictions," Water Minister Melinda Pavey said.

From 1 June, all hoses will have to be fitted with a trigger nozzle or an instant on-off mechanism, and residents will only be allowed to water gardens before 10am and after 4pm.  

There will also be restrictions for washing of vehicles, boats, and buildings. Cars washings will need to be done with a bucket or a hose with a trigger nozzle or a high-pressure cleaning equipment. 

Rules will also apply to the use of sprinklers and watering systems, hosing of hard surfaces such as paths and driveways and filling pools. 

To fill new or renovated pools, residents and businesses will need a permit if they require more than 10,000 litres of water. 

“It’s vital we take early and decisive action. The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest forecast is predicting below-average rainfall and higher temperatures for June to August, which are key drivers of stronger water demand. Water restrictions are an important drought response because they target the outdoor water use of all households,” Ms Pavey added. 

Fine for breaches will be $220 for individuals and $550 for companies. However, there will be a three-month grace period so that Sydneysiders can get adjusted to the restrictions. 

"Water restrictions are an important drought response because they target the outdoor water use of all households," Ms Pavey said in a statement. “Regional NSW has been experiencing a record drought. Water restrictions in Sydney mean that households across NSW are doing their bit to conserve water.”

Lois Lee  edit@hanhodaily.com

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