Sydney faces water restrictions

The New South Wales Government has announced it will begin to roll out water restrictions to ‘protect Greater Sydney’s water supply from drought conditions’.

State Minister for Water, Melinda Pavey, announced that Level 1 water restrictions will take effect across the Greater Sydney area from 1 June.

“Greater Sydney is experiencing drought. We’re seeing some of the lowest inflows into our dams since the 1940s, so it’s vital we take early and decisive action,” Mrs Pavey said.

“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.

“Regional NSW has been experiencing a record drought. Water restrictions in Sydney mean that households across NSW are doing their bit to conserve water.”

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