Level 2 Water Restrictions

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Starting on December 10th, 2019, Level 2 water restrictions will take place in Sydney, The Blue Mountains and Illawarra.

Over 85% of water in Sydney is captured rainfall. Because of the little-to-no rain that we’ve had, plus the current drought being one of the most severe droughts on record, dam levels have reached the lowest levels seen since the millennium drought. These alarming statistics show why we have to restrict water usage in order to get ourselves through the drought period.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated that we would usually enforce Level 2 water restrictions start when dam levels drop to 40%.

“Given the rapid rate of decline of our dam levels, we have decided to enact the next level of restrictions sooner than planned,” says Ms Berejiklian. The Level 2 water restrictions will take place when regional dam levels reach 45%, which is expected to be in mid-December 2019.


Starting with the new Level 2 water restrictions:

  • Garden: you can only water your garden with a watering can or bucket before 10am or after 4pm
  • Irrigation Systems: before 10am and after 4pm are the only acceptable times in which you can use smart and drip irrigation systems for 15 minutes only
  • Hoses: unattended hoses are no longer permitted
  • Hosing: unless in an emergency, hosing of hard surfaces is not permitted
  • Car Washing: cars can only be washed at a commercial car wash or with a bucket
  • Pools: you will require a permit before filling a pool of any size.

This summer, it is crucial to invest in a Water Tank, especially as these new Level 2 water restrictions come into effect. TD Rainwater Tanks & Pumps have you covered – our tanks will make sure that no rainfall goes to waste so you’re not left stranded without water for the things you need it for.

Contact Ann at admin@td-rainwatertanks.com.au or 02 9824 3733 for enquiries about purchasing tanks & pumps or servicing.

Photo taken 3rd December 2019 showing how low the dam levels are.