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What Sydney Level 2 Water Restrictions Means To New & Existing Pool Owners

With more than 85 per cent of greater Sydney’s water supply relying on rain and The Bureau of Meteorology forecasting no significant rain this summer, Level 2 water restrictions have been introduced In Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Illawarra Regions with the Hunter region also moving into Level 2 restrictions from January 20, 2020, unless conditions improve.

Sydney Water and Hunter Water require all pools and spas filled with more than 10,000 litres of water to install a Smart Approved WaterMark or Climate Care Swimming Pool Blanket.level-2-water-restrictions-council-landing-page-image3

So What does this mean for Residents and Businesses with a swimming pool or spa?


  • Top up an existing pool or spa, using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket for a maximum of 15 minutes a day.

You can only do this to replace water lost through evaporation, not to replace water deliberately removed from the pool or spa.



  • fill a new or renovated pool or spa (that holds more than 500 L) with drinking water unless you have a pool/spa filling permit and an approved pool cover or lockable spa cover in use
  • leave hoses and taps running unattended
  • use water toys that connect to a hose, such as a ‘slip n’ slide’
  • allow children to play under sprinklers.

Fines apply for not following the restrictions.

For more details on the restrictions and how to apply for a pool/spa filling permit check out the Sydney Water Website   

Don’t get caught filling up your pool or spa without having a Smart Approved WaterMark pool cover ordered and ready for installation.

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