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Water Wise rules

In June 2009, Sydney Water replaced water restrictions with Water Wise rules.

The rules provide simple and sustainable actions on how we use water outside, including:

Watering your garden

  • water with hoses fitted with a trigger nozzle, sprinklers and irrigation systems any day before 10 am and after 4 pm
  • use a bucket or watering can to water lawns and gardens at any time
  • establish new lawn using your sprinkler or watering system at any time of day for 14 days after you've laid the turf 
  • use water from your rainwater tank, as long as it's not connected to or topped up with drinking water.

Looking after your pool and keeping cool

  • fill or top up your swimming pool
  • use water to cool people or animals.


  • use a bucket, watering can or a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle to wash vehicles
  • clean your bin using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle. Where possible, wash your bin in an official bin wash area or on grass
  • hose paths, driveways, concrete or other paved surfaces for health, safety, emergency, construction or surface discoloration reasons. You must be able to give a legitimate reason to one of our authorised staff members if you're asked
  • use a hose to flush your boat engine
  • use a hose with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning device to clean your boat bilges, boat trailer brakes and wheels.

Fire fighting

  • use a fire hose for fire fighting activities.

Water Wise exclusions

These items are exempt from the Water Wise rules:

  • Recycled water
  • Bore water
  • Water used for testing fire systems, fire fighting and related activities
  • Water from rainwater tanks (if it is not topped up from Sydney Water's supply)
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