Water restrictions will be introduced to the Lower Hunter for the first time in 25 years in response to the worst drought on record for NSW.
The water restrictions will apply to all properties connected to Hunter Water’s water supply network. Areas include Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog and parts of Singleton.
Under the Level 1 water restrictions, households and businesses are not allowed to:
- use sprinklers at any time
- leave hoses or taps running unattended
- use a hose for general cleaning of hard surfaces such as paths, driveways and paved areas
- wash vehicles, boats and buildings using a hose without a trigger nozzle
- top up an existing pool without using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or device that can be turned off instantly
- leave an unattended hose running in a pool
- fill a new or renovated pool or spa over 10,000 litres capacity unless you have a permit and an approved pool cover.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the Level 1 water restrictions will form an important part of Hunter Water’s drought response to help reduce demand on the water supply.
“The restrictions will focus on reducing outdoor water use, which accounts for about 20 per cent of the Lower Hunter’s total drinking water consumption,” Mrs Pavey said.
Level 1 water restrictions will remain in place until storages have fully recovered.