I somehow missed this announcement when it came out a couple of weeks ago, but Sydney Water are happier with dam levels and have [eased their water restrictions](http://www.sydneywater.com.au/WhoWeAre/MediaCentre/documents/ministerial/060921%20water%20wise%20rules.pdf).
They’re calling the new rules the “Water Wise Rules” – because we’ve all learned from the drought and heavy restrictions, and are now much more water wise.
The new Water Wise Rules allow:
– Hand-held hoses, sprinklers and watering systems on any day before 10am and after
4pm. Hand-held hoses must be fitted with a trigger nozzle when watering.
– Children to play under the sprinkler on a hot day.
– Washing vehicles using a trigger nozzle.
– Fire hoses for fire-fighting only.
– No hosing of hard surfaces except for health and safety purposes or emergency and
– Automatic exclusion for nurseries, market gardeners, landscapers, garden
contractors, bowling greens, cricket wickets, golf tees and croquet, hockey, tennis
and racing surfaces.
These are sensible rules. Hopefully the higher level of awareness everybody has for water issues will ensure we don’t run the dams down too quickly, and we don’t have to return to level 3 restrictions anytime soon.