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AustraliaSydney to get water restrictions this Saturday for first time in a decade

04:20  28 may  2019
04:20  28 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Level one water restrictions will be enforced in the Harbour City this Saturday for the first time since 2009, as dam levels drop to about 53 per cent and much of NSW remains in drought.

Water restrictions will be enforced in Sydney this Saturday for the first time in a decade . According to the ABC, the State Government will make the official announcement later today. The last water restrictions were lifted in Sydney in June 2009. Images: Getty, Giphy /Giphy.

Sydney to get water restrictions this Saturday for first time in a decade© Jesse Thompson The last water restrictions were lifted in Sydney in June 2009. Water restrictions will be enforced in Sydney this Saturday for the first time in a decade.

The ABC understands the State Government will make the announcement later today that level one water restrictions will be enforced.

Sydney to get water restrictions this Saturday for first time in a decade
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It's unclear exactly what water use will be restricted, but in the past it has meant that people can't hose hard surfaces such as driveways, nor can they operate sprinkler systems.

Introducing water restrictions at this time means the State Government has decided to go earlier than expected.

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Sydneysiders will have their first water restrictions imposed in almost a decade to help stem a rapid decline in the city's reservoirs amid the state's ongoing " Water restrictions are an important drought response because they target the outdoor water use of all households," Ms Pavey said in a statement.

Level one water restrictions are set to come into force when dam levels drop to less than 50 per cent, they're currently at 53.6 per cent.

But the move is seen as a response to the ongoing drought. Sydney's $2b water insurance

When dam levels dipped below 60 per cent in January, Sydney's desalination plant was switched on for the first time.

This is everything you need to know about the $2 billion facility. Most of Greater Sydney is drought-affected, while the majority of the state remains in drought.

The Government has already attempted to boost Sydney's water levels this year.

It turned on the city's desalination plant in Kurnell when dam levels reached 60 per cent in January.

The last water restrictions were lifted in Sydney in June 2009.

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