Sydney, the Illawarra and Blue Mountains
Water Wise Rules currently apply to replace drought restrictions.
The Water Wise Rules are simple, commonsense actions that apply to all Sydney Water customers in Sydney, the Illawarra and Blue Mountains. This includes residents, businesses, local councils and government agencies.
Water Wise Rules
- watering is allowed before 10 am and after 4 pm on any day - to avoid the heat of the day
- all hoses must have a trigger nozzle
- no hosing of hard surfaces, such as paths and driveways, but washing vehicles is allowed
- fire hoses may only be used for fire-fighting activities.
Report a breach
Fines apply for all breaches of water saving rules.
For information about water restrictions in other regions, contact the local water provider.
- Hunter region
- Shoalhaven region
- Central Coast
- Rous Water
Council areas of Lismore (excluding Nimbin), Ballina (excluding Wardell), Byron (excluding Mullumbimby) and Richmond Valley (excluding land to the west of Coraki).
For all other regions, check with your local water provider. If you're not sure who your provider is, contact your local council.