• Winter sprinkler ban saves about 4.5 billion litres of scheme water each year
• Ban is in place from June 1 to August 31 each year
• Applies to Perth, Mandurah and parts of South-West and Great Southern regions

Water Minister Mia Davies today reminded people living in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern to switch off their reticulation systems before the winter sprinkler ban begins on June 1.

The winter sprinkler ban has been a permanent water saving initiative since 2010, and due to strong community support, generates significant savings of about four and a half billion litres of water each year.

“The winter sprinkler ban is now in its sixth year and was introduced by the Liberal National Government on the basis that gardens receive enough water from winter rainfall, so there is really no need for additional watering during the cooler months,” Ms Davies said.

“People are reminded to switch off their irrigation systems before June 1 to save precious water again this year.”

The Water Corporation ensures people adhere to the winter sprinkler ban - a penalty of $100 applies if a property’s sprinkler system is observed to be in use.

Bores can be run during the ban period for the purposes of installation, maintenance, testing or repair, but use must be before 9am or after 6pm, on a rostered water day, and with appropriate use considered to be two minutes per station.

The ban also applies to more than 2,500 ground and surface water licensees which have winter sprinkler restrictions as a condition of their licence, including local governments, schools, golf courses, government departments, universities, TAFE campuses, major parks, and businesses irrigating areas of non-commercial turf, lawn and gardens.

In areas of the State not subject to the winter sprinkler ban, permanent watering rosters and daytime sprinkler bans apply.

Fact File
• You can report sprinkler ban breaches by phoning 13 10 39
• For more information, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/
• For information on how the ban applies to licensed water users, visit http://www.water.wa.gov.au

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