Warning after pipes freeze and Sydney homes left without water

Sydneysiders are facing a brutal start to the week with temperatures dropping so low pipes are literally freezing over.

Those looking to their showers for some refuge from the coldest morning of the year were forced to go without after temperatures dropped to just 1C around parts of the city.

Sydney Water said many businesses and households were experiencing no water as a result of the frosty morning but warned those impacted not to try and fix the issue themselves.

“These will defrost as the temperature warms. Please do not pour hot water on external pipes,” they wrote on Twitter.


Sydneysiders woke to find their lawns and windscreens completely frozen over on Monday. Images: Twitter /Bunny Brethren & Adam_ssfc


Much of the state felt the brunt of the wintry conditions, with Camden, Richmond, Penrith and Bankstown all dropping below minus-one overnight.

It was even colder for those in Glen Innes, where the temperature dropped to -9C for its coldest morning in four years

And Cessnock in NSW dropped to minus 4C – it’s coldest morning in 16 years.

However, the freezing conditions aren’t expected to stick around, with the Bureau of Meteology indicating overnight temperatures are expected to increase as the week goes on.

“We’re definitely not through the cold snap as yet, you couldn’t say that…It’ll gradually get a bit milder through the overnight period,” Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jonti Hall told AAP.