New South Wales in Australia is easing water restrictions following heavy rains

Australia’s New South Wales state said on Tuesday it will ease water restrictions after a deluge of rains filled dams across the country’s east coast to their highest levels in more than two years.

New South Wales (NSW), home to about a third of Australia’s 25 million people and its biggest city Sydney, in December imposed water restrictions for the first time in a decade following three years of drought.

But with 400 mm (15.8 inches) of rain falling in some parts of the state earlier this month, the NSW state government said curbs will now be eased from March 1 when the quality of the water in the dams is expected to have improved.

Water supplies were tainted by ash and fire debris after the state’s worst ever wildfires, which burnt through millions of acres of bushland and killed more than 30 people nationwide this summer.

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