Sydney water restrictions to ease from 1 March following downpour

20 Février, 2020, 21:39 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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"We recently experienced the biggest rain event in 20 years, which has impacted the quality of raw water in Greater Sydney's bushfire affected catchment", New South Wales Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said.

The restriction levels will return to level 1 on March 1 once the water is deemed to have met the high quality standards set, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

"Whilst this event has been so amazingly welcome, we haven't had an event like it for 20 years", Ms Pavey said on Tuesday.

Most state health and water department website can contain information on alerts, Sydney Water, for example, offers a daily drinking water report feature on their website.

Ms Pavey said water quality had been managed by extensive testing and filtration to catch debris.

Bushfire ash also contains nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous which can stimulate the growth of cyanobacteria also called blue-green algae.

'It is important to note that this issue only concerns untreated water in dam storages at the beginning of the supply chain and has no impact on the quality of treated water, ' a spokesperson for Water NSW said.

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Water restrictions across Sydney will ease less than three months after they were ramped up to level two amid a devastating drought punishing Australia's east.

The previous time Sydney entered level two water restrictions was during the Millennium Drought.

"Sydney could still be at risk of losing 80 per cent of its water supply if the dam suffers from algal blooms or contamination by heavy metals".

"Capacity is running at 80.3 per cent at Warragamba Dam, 87.2 per cent at Prospect Dam and 63.6 per cent at Woronora Dam".

Under level one restrictions, Sydney residents will be able to hose the garden but can not wash cars or buildings without a trigger nozzle.

Under Level 2 restrictions, gardens can only be watered before 10am or after 4pm with a watering can or bucket, hosing of hard surfaces is banned and cars can only be washed using a bucket or at a auto wash.

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