Half Of Sydneysiders Don't Believe City Is In Drought
Close to two-thirds of Sydneysiders are unaware of the city's current drought conditions, according to Sydney Water.
Despite Sydney's dam levels hovering at 55 percent, many of the people living in the city don't realise how dire the situation is, Sydney Water's executive drought lead Catherine Port said.
More than 60 percent of 1000 Sydneysiders surveyed were not aware of current drought conditions while almost 50 percent didn't believe the city was in drought at all.
"It is understandable that people don't realise we're in drought in Sydney because some of our surrounds are quite green from the intermittent rain," Port told AAP.
"We're seeing the lowest level of inflows into our dams that we've seen in decades."
Port said Sydney the past 18 months had seen some of the lowest inflows into dam catchments since the 1940s.
Almost 20 percent of respondents to the Sydney Water survey believe drought is only an issue that affects regional areas.
The same amount don't think their water-saving efforts will make any difference, but Port said small individual savings made a big cumulative change.
"We all need to do our bit to save water, water is a valuable resource and it shouldn't be wasted," she said.
"Water-saving can certainly make a really big difference."
Despite some rainfall through March, NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey said dam levels continued to drop.
"That's why it's never been more important for all of the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra communities to come together to help save water," Pavey said in a statement.
More than a quarter of the people surveyed across Sydney didn't believe the current drought would impact them.
Sydney's dam levels are dropping at an average of about 0.4 percent each week.