NSW will start implementing Level 2 Water Restrictions for Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra region on 10th December 2019.
The new restrictions will primarily affect outdoor water use but will have some impact on indoor water uses like filling indoor swimming pools and water features, and operating car wash businesses in shopping centre car parks.
In this blog we have included tips and watering solutions that comply with these rules. Now more than ever, it is important to be water smart and preserve our precious resource. Check out the Sydney Water website for more detailed information.
Level 2 Water Restriction Rules
1. Using recycled water, greywater, bore water or river water.
These water sources are not subject to water restrictions. Many of these water sources have other controls on how they can be used.
- Recycled water (supplied in some parts of Sydney from purple pipes)
- Greywater (water from sinks, showers, washing machines etc)
- Rainwater (as long as the tank/dam isn’t topped up from, or switched to, the drinking water supply)
- Bore water (some government restrictions apply)
- River water (you need to have a licence)
Our Greywater Hoses can help you redirect your washing machine water to your lawn. Opt for a low phosphorous washing powder and try to reduce the amount you use to make the water more lawn friendly. We only recommend using greywater on your lawn as it can be harmful to veggie patches and flower beds.
2. Watering lawns and gardens
You can water your lawn and garden before 10am and after 4pm using a watering can or bucket for any amount of time (so long as its in the allocated time frame).
A. Watering Cans
Watering cans are a great way to learn exactly how much water you are consuming in the garden and is a good way to use up any rainwater collected in buckets or containers. Get your kids involved in smart watering by having them help out using a small watering can! Check out our range of 1.8L and 9L watering cans here.
B. Drip Irrigation Systems can be used for a maximum of 15mins a day
This watering system delivers water as close to the roots as possible so no water is wasted on foliage! The versatility of drip irrigation system components means they can be used on garden beds, pots and even hanging or vertical planters, and they are very easy to extend if your garden or pot collection expands. We recommend connecting this type of system to a tap timer to automatically switch it on and off, so you know it will water for exactly 15mins. Drip irrigation, when hooked up to a tap timer, will look after your plants when you are away from the house, so it is perfect to set up before the holiday season. Find out how to put together a drip irrigation system here.
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