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The NSW Government is taking action to protect Greater Sydney’s water supply from drought conditions with the introduction of water restrictions.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey today announced Level 1 water restrictions will come into effect across Greater Sydney from 1 June.

“Greater Sydney is experiencing drought. We’re seeing some of the lowest inflows into our dams since the 1940s, so it’s vital we take early and decisive action,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest forecast is predicting below-average rainfall and higher temperatures for June to August, which are key drivers of stronger water demand. Water restrictions are an important drought response because they target the outdoor water use of all households.

“Regional NSW has been experiencing a record drought. Water restrictions in Sydney mean that households across NSW are doing their bit to conserve water.”

Water restrictions are enforceable and penalties apply!

Exemptions will be available for non-residential customers with outdoor water use as their core business.

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Greater Sydney water storage and supply report WaterNSW publishes weekly bulk water storage and supply reports to provide information about how much rainfall has been recorded, how full the dams are, and how much bulk water we’ve supplied to our customers.

Catchment rainfall During the week the following rainfall (approximately) was recorded in the catchments: Warragamba Upper Nepean Woronora Shoalhaven Blue Mountains Negligible Negligible Negligible Negligible Negligible Water supply At 8 am Thursday, 23 May 2019 the inflow rate to Warragamba Dam was 50 megalitres per day and to Tallowa Dam was 70 megalitres per day.

Total available storage was 53.8%, a decrease of 0.5% since last Thursday.

Date Maximum Sydney temperature Sydney rainfall Bulk water supply Available storage at 8 am % storage at 8 am Fri 17.5.19 22°C Nil 1,369 1,399,304 54.2% Sat 18.5.19 23°C Nil 1,453 1,397,489 54.1% Sun 19.5.19 24°C Nil 1,532 1,395,634 54.1% Mon 20.5.19 23°C Nil 1,459 1,394,625 54.0% Tue 21.5.19 23°C Nil 1,444 1,393,470 54.0% Wed 22.5.19 27°C Nil 1,386 1,391,163 53.9% Thu 23.5.19 25°C Nil 1,453 1,389,812 53.8% Note: Maximum Sydney temperature, rainfall and water supply figures refer to the 24 hours to 8 am.

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