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Sydney’s Water Wise Guidelines

Sydney’s Water Wise Guidelines

As a replacement for the current water restrictions, Water Wise Guidelines have been introduced to the Greater Sydney Metropolitan from December 1, 2020. The new water regulations cover Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. 

While water restrictions have been eased, these guidelines have been introduced to encourage and help preserve our water supply, ensuring businesses and residents remain water-wise. Within these guidelines, water use for lawns has been addressed.

Not sure how the Water Wise Guidelines work? Keep reading below to see how it will impact you and your lawn.

What can you do under the Water Wise Guidelines?

Due to the ample amount of rainfall caught in our water supplies since the initial droughts in 2019 and 2020, water restrictions have been removed. The change in the regulations has since allowed for more lenient uses with drinking water.

With the new guidelines, you can water your established lawn with more watering methods. On top of the initial approved use of hand-held hoses with trigger nozzles, drip irrigation and smart watering systems, standard watering systems and sprinklers are also now allowed. 

Furthermore, there is also no limit on how long you can water grass. Just as long as the watering schedule is before 10 am or after 4 pm. 

However, you mustn’t leave a tap or hose running unattended, that way water cannot run off to hard surfaces.

How can I water my new lawn with the Water Wise Guidelines?

Watering your new lawn has been made even easier with the latest Water Wise Guidelines. Based on the instructions from your supplier or installer, you can water your new turf anytime in the day for up to the first 28 days.

This means the watering options are more flexible for new lawns. During these 28 days, you can water your lawn with any approved watering method, with unlimited time every day within the said period. 

To ensure the best establishment and growth of your turf, it is recommended you follow your supplier’s instructions.

How can I water my new lawn with the Water Wise Guidelines?

When can I water my established lawn with the Water Wise Guidelines?

Are you worried about your established Sir Walter lawn? Don’t be! Like level 1 water restrictions, you can still water your lawns and gardens before 10 am or after 4 pm. 

As mentioned above, you can use a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, sprinklers or a standard watering system. If you have drip irrigation or a smart water system, you can water your lawn or garden at any time.

Although, there are still a few things you cannot do when it comes to both a new and established lawn. This includes letting water runoff to hard surfaces (roads, paths etc.) or leaving a tap or hose unattended.


With this water-wise guide, establishing and maintaining a lawn is now even easier with the lack of drought restrictions. This makes the perfect time to lay new turf since there are fewer water rules you have to consider!

To take advantage of the guidelines and steady water supply, order your turf supplies now from J&B Buffalo Turf Supplies.

For more questions on watering your turf or our services, give us a call on 1800 668 786 or visit our website.

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