Level 2 Water Restrictions

Level 2 water restrictions have been put into place by Sydney Water

Water restrictions target outdoor water use, but there are some indoor water uses that are subject to restrictions. The restrictions apply to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This includes all residents and businesses.

PLEASE NOTE: Level 2 water restrictions do not apply to Council. Council has approved exemptions for certain activities, such as the irrigation of sporting fields. 

  • Council has a permit to irrigate newly established turf areas
  • Council undertakes sports field renovations late December to help in readiness for winter sports.

As part of returfing works, Council has been granted an exemption from Sydney Water to help with establishment of turf for a period of 8 weeks once laid. Council is conscious of water being consumed and is complying with guidelines set out by Sydney Water.

Current Restrictions

  • You can only use a watering can or bucket to water your garden before 10am and after 4pm.
  • You can only use drip irrigation or smart watering systems for a maximum of 15mins a day per watering zone, before 10am and after 4pm.
  • You can only top up an existing pool or spa, using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket for a maximum of 15 minutes a day. You can only do this to replace water lost through evaporation, not to replace water deliberately removed from the pool or spa.
  • You can only wash your vehicles with a bucket and sponge.
  • You need a permit to fill new or renovated pools and spas that hold more than 500L.


Water Sources not Affected

NOTE: The following water sources are not affected by water restrictions. However, many of these water sources have other controls on how they can be used and it's still important to use all water wisely.

  • Recycled water (supplied from purple pipes including all or parts of Beaumont Hills, Castle Hill, Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge and Rouse Hill).
  • Greywater (water that's collected after being used in washing machines, sinks and showers 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).

How much water is used in your home? 


In 2019, Sydney Water conducted a study and found that:

  • 77% of all water is used inside the home. 23% is used outdoors.
  • A 10 minute shower uses about 100 litres of water.
  • An older single flush toilet can use up to 11 litres per flush, while a modern dual-flush toilet uses only 6 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half flush. 
  • The average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute.
  • The average outdoor tap can use up to 18 litres per minute. 
  • The average indoor tap can use up to 4 litres per minute. 
  • A typical top loaded washing machine uses 110 litres of water per load of washing, while a typical front loader only uses 65 litres of water per load- almost half the amount of water!
  • Hand washing your dishes uses around 15 litres of water while the average dishwasher uses 12 litres per load. 
  • Taking a bath can use on average 113 litres of water, while a 4 minute shower on average would only use 40 litres of water. 
  • A single flush toilet uses 11 litres of water per flush.
  • A dual flush toilet uses 4.5 litres of water for a full flush and 3 litres of water for a half flush.
  • The average person flushes the toilet 6 times a day.

For more information on Level 2 water restrictions, please visit https://lovewater.sydney/