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Sydney - Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water, Household Waste)
As for water, Sydney Water is the largest provider (Dial 13 20 92 to open an account, etc, or visit their website at www.sydneywater.com.au for more information about their pricing and information required to set up an account.). There is another water utility provider, Hunter Water that provides water to 5 local government areas that are located farther out from Sydney (Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock and Port Stephens.) For expatriates who are renting a property, check to see if the water bill is included in the monthly rent, as it could be the case in some cases. As fresh drinking water is considered a precious resource throughout Australia, there are occasional restrictions imposed on households for the use of water (examples: sprinkler systems used for watering lawns, washing of vehicles and refilling of swimming pools).
Waste collection and recycling is a big deal in Australia, and Sydney is no different. There are strict schedules and separation guidelines to follow. Different guidelines apply, depending on whether you live in a single property, or in a shared property development (e.g. apartment, unit or townhouse). For more information, visit the City of Sydney Council Office website at www.cityofsydney.new.gov.au/Residents/WasteAndRecycling.
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