Water

Level 2 Water Restrictions are now in place due to the ongoing drought and falling supply levels in Sydney’s dams. The restrictions apply to everyone, residents and businesses, in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.

The move from Level 1 to Level 2 Water Restrictions means that existing restrictions have been tightened and we all need to play our part in conserving water. For example, you are now only permitted to use a watering can or bucket to water your garden before 10am and after 4pm, and you must use a bucket or sponge to wash your car.  More information on the restrictions and what this means for you is available from Sydney Water.

Council has applied for a number of exemptions, to ensure our vital services remain up and running for our residents and visitors. Local residents and businesses may also apply for exemptions in certain circumstances by contacting Sydney Water directly.

If you have any concerns regarding water use by Council please contact Council on 4654 7777 or by email.

Any complaints regarding water use by businesses or members of the community should be directed to Sydney Water. Sydney Water have the ability to not only check the water use against the current exemptions but also to enforce water use, which Council is unable to do. You can report this information online or by calling 13 14 50.


 

Water Quality

The Camden Local Government Area is growing rapidly as rural lands are transformed into residential suburbs. Increased urban growth will result in increased hard surfaces such as dwelling roofs, footpaths, driveways and roads. Hard surfaces reduce the amount of rainwater available for absorbing into the ground and cause increased run off. This is called urban runoff which is directed to our local waterways through stormwater drains. During rain events the increased volume of fast moving stormwater carries a range of pollutants into waterways.

One of the major sources of stormwater pollution into waterways is sediment run off from building and construction sites. Council runs a compliance and education program to promote erosion and sediment controls on building sites. The following fact sheet has been developed to assist the public and the building industry to better understand their responsibilities in regards to protecting our local waterways.

Other pollutants that are carried in urban runoff include garden fertilisers, dog droppings, leaves and dirty water from car washing. More information on what you can do to reduce your impacts on local lakes is contained in the following fact sheet

These pollutants also contain nutrients that encourages weed and algae growth as well as mosquito breeding. More information on mosquitoes is available at the NSW Health website.

Council conducts a water quality monitoring program to measure the health of our local waterways. The water quality monitoring program has two focuses as follows:

  • A public health focus in assessing the suitability of waterways for recreational activities and visual amenity.
  • An environmental focus in assessing the state of the waterways in supporting aquatic life.   

For more information about water quality and monitoring programs in your local area, contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 46547777.