Slawns and gardens can only be watered with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle before 10 am and after 4 pm. Sprinklers and watering systems is not permitted, although drip irrigation systems or automated watering systems with adjustable controls. The watering of hard surfaces, such as paths and driveways, will be prohibited. Those found to have broken water restrictions face fines of up to $220 for individuals and $550 for companies. Melinda Pavey, the state minister for water, said Sydney was experiencing some of the lowest inflows into its dams since the 1940s. Sydney dam levels are at 53.5% across all 11 dams, with Warragamba dam at 54.8% and Woronora dam at 44.3%. Levels have fallen dramatically since April 2017.
Water level in a dam
Sydney is consuming about 11bn litres of water a week. Sydney’s desalination plant at Kurnell is expected to reach full capacity by August 2019 , when it will produce 250 ML per day of water or around 15% of Sydney’s drinking water requirements.