Water Heatwave

Green light for kids to play under the sprinkler
Friday 7 February 2009

Water Minister Phil Costa today announced the Government will amend Sydney’s water restrictions allowing kids to play under backyard sprinklers on hot days. Mr Costa said the common sense measure is being introduced ahead of an intense heat wave likely to hit Sydney this weekend.

“With the mercury headed well above 40 degrees there is room for flexibility and common sense,” said Mr Costa. “Nobody will get a fine for having a sprinkler in the yard to cool down the kids this weekend.”

Mr Costa said there has been an influx of people contacting Sydney Water seeking more information on current restrictions and swimming pools due to the hot weather.

“Level 3 water restrictions remain in place,” he said. “This means that a permit is required to fill a new or renovated swimming pool larger than 10,000 litres. Once you have the initial permit you can top-up as needed.

“Play pools for the kids or your animals are fine.”

Mr Costa also reminded people to slip-slop-slap before spending any time outdoors this weekend.

“Families enjoying the outdoors with a bit of water play have to remember the danger of the sun,” he added.

All other Level 3 restrictions remain in place and include:
• Hand-held hosing of lawns and gardens and drip irrigation is allowed only on Wednesdays and Sundays before 10 am and after 4 pm
• Hosing of vehicles at residential premises is permitted only with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure water cleaning equipment (to a maximum of 10L/minute)
• Hosing residential building structures including windows, walls and gutters is allowed using a hose with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure water cleaning equipment (to a maximum of 10L/minute)
• No hosing of hard surfaces such as paths or driveways at any time
• No other watering systems or sprinklers are to be used at any time
• A permit from Sydney Water is required to fill new or renovated pools bigger than 10,000 litres
• No hoses or taps to be left running unattended, except when filling pools or containers.
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