Good on them.
Let's give credit where credit is due.
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The ABC Radio local news service and the Sydney Daily Telegraph report that Sydney Water Restrictions have been eased.
The new rules will also take effect from midnight.
"The community has responded tremendously during the drought to save every drop," Mr Costa said.
"These few simple rules reinforce the importance of using water responsibly and minimising waste. It gives people more flexibility to maintain their gardens and manage water around the home," he said.
Under the old regime, various levels of restrictions were introduced to cut back water usage as dam levels fell.
Over the past five years,
Under the existing Level 3 restrictions, hand-held watering could only be done on Wednesdays and Sundays before 10am and after 4pm.
Watering systems and sprinklers were banned entirely.
The new rules allow for the hand-held hoses, sprinklers and watering systems to be used on gardens daily, but in the same time periods.
Children will also be allowed to play under sprinklers on hot days.
Under the old restrictions, businesses such as nurseries and landscape gardeners were required to obtain exemptions for water use. They no longer have to seek them.
Automatic exemptions will also apply to market gardeners, bowling greens, cricket wickets, golf tees and croquet, hockey, tennis and horse-racing surfaces.
Sydney Water's website does not carry this information.
Typical for them to have outdated information on their website.
Current restrictions are now:
- Hand-held hosing of lawns and gardens and drip irrigation is allowed only on Wednesdays and Sundays before 10 am and after 4 pm
- Hosing of vehicles at residential premises is permitted only with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure water cleaning equipment (to a maximum of 10L/minute)
- Hosing residential building structures including windows, walls and gutters is allowed using a hose with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure water cleaning equipment (to a maximum of 10L/minute)
- No hosing of hard surfaces such as paths or driveways at any time
- No other watering systems or sprinklers are to be used at any time
- A permit from Sydney Water is required to fill new or renovated pools bigger than 10,000 litres
- No hoses or taps to be left running unattended, except when filling pools or containers
It is madness - un-necessary madness - to reduce the restrictions.
It simply promotes wastefulness, of a precious resource.