What is Council Permitted To Do?

Severe restriction are in place, Sydney Water has granted Council some exemptions under the current water restrictions which will allow us to continue to maintain facilities and services for our community. Council’s water saving measures coupled with the current exemption permit allows for the following:

Parks, Reserves and Open Spaces

  • Watering can be completed with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or automated watering system at any time.
  • Sprinklers and watering systems (Irrigation) can be used before 10am and after 4pm for a maximum of 2 hours per day.

Sporting Fields

  • Watering can be completed with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or automated watering system at any time.
  • Sprinklers and watering systems (irrigation) can be used before 10am and after 4pm on in-season active playing surfaces for a maximum of 30 minutes per week per zone.
  • Council maintains 33 irrigated sporting fields. Irrigation schemes are designed to deliver the right amount of water to keep sports fields and parks in good condition without over-watering
  • 90 sporting fields across Sutherland Shire are managed and maintained by local sporting clubs.
  • Woolooware High School, Captain Cook Playing Fields and the Marang Parklands and Solander Playing Fields are watered with harvested recycled water.
  • Cronulla Park, Buckle Reserve and Billa Road Oval are irrigated from stormwater harvesting.
  • Newly planted sites can be established for a maximum of 4 weeks.
  • Turf establishment requires a permit.
  • Installing signage when new turf is laid

Golf Courses

  • Woolooware and Cronulla Golf Courses are watered with harvested recycled water
  • The Ridge Golf Course is maintained with storm water harvested from the dam adjacent

Childcare Centres

  • Watering can be completed with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or automated watering system at any time.
  • Sprinklers and watering systems (Irrigation) can be used before 10am and after 4pm for a maximum of 2 hours per day.
  • A hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure cleaning equipment with a maximum flow rate of 20 litres per minute for reasonable health, safety and hygiene purposes.

Animal Shelter

  • A hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, sprinklers and pools can be used to wash or cool animals and animal enclosures.
  • A hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure cleaning equipment with a maximum flow rate of 20 litres per minute to clean animal enclosures and immediate surrounds for safety and hygiene purposes.

Green Streets

  • Watering can be completed with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or automated watering system at any time.
  • Sprinklers and watering systems can be used before 10am and after 4pm for a maximum of 2 hours per day.
  • Newly planted trees receive scheduled watering over a 2 year period
  • Contractors to supply water from a standpipe, and Green Streets teams to use Reused water where possible

Roads and Footpaths

  • Standpipes are used to manage the use of water
  • Council employees carry a copy of permit should the community have any questions

Council Civil Maintenance and Waste Services

  • A hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure cleaning equipment with a maximum flow rate of 20 litres per minute to wash building structures
  • Water can be used to mix, apply or clean construction materials using a hand-held hose with a trigger nozzle or bucket.
  • Fill storage tanks integrated into purpose-built mobile equipment for cleaning, dust suppression and similar purposes. 
  • Harvested recycled water is used for cleaning and graffiti removal.
  • Changing taps over to key taps to minimise waste and ensure they are not left on
  • Fitting timers (push buttons/handles) to bubblers and beach showers to ensure they are not left running

Leisure Centres

  • A hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high-pressure cleaning equipment with a maximum flow rate of 20 litres per minute wash building structures and for health, safety and hygiene purposes.
  • Recycled water is used to flush toilets and urinals and to water grassed areas within the grounds.
  • Water from the Water Fun Park is chlorinated and reticulated.
  • Council has also invested in state of the art filtration systems at Sutherland that significantly reduces water use.

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