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AustraliaFirst water restrictions in a decade as catchments plummet

14:05  15 may  2019
14:05  15 may  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Sydney is heading for water restrictions for the first time in a decade as NSW dam levels continue to fall.

For the first time, 9News can show the extent of the dwindling dam levels from the air. If they slide at their current rate, Sydneysiders will face tough water rules in about 10 weeks.

Total storage for all dams is currently at 54.4 per cent. Warragamba Dam - the main catchment for Sydney - is sitting at 55.7 per cent.

First water restrictions in a decade as catchments plummet © 9news Sydney is facing the threat of water restrictions for the first time in a decade due to rapidly decreasing catchment levels.

The trigger level for water restrictions is 50 per cent. The last time Sydney had such restrictions put in place was in 2009.

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First water restrictions in a decade as catchments plummet © 9news Within the past two years, catchment levels around the state have almost halved as NSW endures the grips of a devastating drought.

Research from Sydney Water shows catchment levels across 11 dams in Greater Sydney are dropping faster than they have in decades.

In the past two years, levels have dropped from a combined capacity of 96 per cent to just under 55 per cent - they are falling by around 0.4 per cent a week.

The research also shows Sydneysiders are using 11 billion litres of water a week. First water restrictions in a decade as catchments plummet © 9news Warragamba Dam - the main catchment for Sydney - is sitting at 55.7 per cent. The trigger level for water restrictions is 50 per cent.

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First water restrictions in a decade as catchments plummet © 9news If water levels continue to drop, water rules may be put in place the restrict when residents are allowed to use it.

The city's desalination plant was switched on in January when dam levels hit 60 per cent and has been pumping clean water to Sydney Water since March. It's expected to be running at full capacity by August.

That also comes just three years after a proposal to raise the dam wall was considered for Warragamba to stop it overflowing.

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