The new restrictions will operate in a similar way to the Water Wise Rules which are already in place to conserve water, but they will be actively enforced. Paths, driveways and other hard surfaces will only be permitted to be hosed down for safety, health, emergency, construction or surface discolouration reasons.
From Saturday, all hoses must have trigger nozzles, watering lawns and gardens will be restricted to early morning and late afternoon, and there will be tough fines for those who flout the restrictions.
The New South Wales government said the water level in the Sydney area's reservoirs has been continuously declining since the 1940s and restrictions will be imposed from next week.More news: Hazard Could Challenge For The Ballon d'Or At Madrid, Says Fàbregas
Water Minister Melinda Pavey on Tuesday announced that level one restrictions would be imposed across greater Sydney from Saturday.
The state has received less than 70 percent of its typical average rainfall since May 2017, according to meteorology bureau data.
They are an important element of Greater Sydney's drought response as they help reduce water demand when we're not getting enough rain.More news: Cubs hitter breaks down after foul foul ball hits child
"Sydney Water does have a team of community water officers that will be out in the community giving advice on how to comply with water restrictions", Port said.
In April, a survey commissioned by Sydney Water found that more than 60% of Sydney residents were unaware of the current drought.
Those caught doing the wrong thing can be fined up to $220, and businesses flouting the rules face $550 fines. This means restrictions would have been enforced in about two months had the government not made a decision to act early.More news: Australia’s Smith blocks out jeers and warns of more runs to come