This month heavy rainfall brought relief to Australia’s drought, with Greater Sydney’s reservoirs now at 81.9% of their capacity. As a result, current Level 2 water restrictions, in force since December 10th 2019, are to be relaxed to Level 1 starting March 1st 2020, informs The Guardian.
Melinda Pavey, New South Wales Minister for Water, Property and Housing, said the biggest rain event in 20 years (earlier this February) has impacted the quality of raw water in greater Sydney’s catchment, affected by forest fires. The NSW government has taken action to address water quality concerns: ‘A number of initiatives are in place to ensure the water is safe for use, including extensive testing, filtration and nets to catch debris, but we are allowing an extra two weeks purely as a precautionary measure’.
Sydney residents and business are still subject to Level 1 water restrictions, which do not allow to leave hoses unattended, wash vehicles or buildings without a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or use sprinklers or watering systems at any time. Fines of $220 for residents and $550 for business continue to apply for those who breach the restrictions.