• This long weekend is a great time to get the garden ready for summer and save precious water
  • It’s recommended that sprinklers only need to go on once a week during spring – and make sure the water is only going on the garden

Water Corporation is encouraging us to keep up the great work with saving water as we venture out into the garden this Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

For those not heading down south, the long weekend is typically a time when we roll up our sleeves and start to tackle those bigger gardening jobs.

Water Corporation spokesperson Clare Lugar has urged us to add a few smaller waterwise jobs to our ‘to do’ list, such as fixing broken sprinkler heads and making sure water from sprinklers isn’t being wasted on driveways or footpaths.

“It is a great time of year to get outside and prepare our gardens for the harsh summer climate ahead,” Ms Lugar said.

“While the two-day-a-week sprinkler roster now applies in Perth, as it is still cooler, if you are going to turn on your sprinklers, we recommend only using them once a week.”

The friendly reminder comes after figures show 190 fines (225 in 2014) were issued by Water Corporation in Perth during the June to August winter sprinkler ban.

Warnings were up only slightly with 1,331 issued compared to 1,122 in 2014.  This was due to more people contacting the Water Corporation to report sprinklers in use.

Ms Lugar said the figures showed the winter sprinkler ban had been enthusiastically embraced with around 4.5 billion of water expected to be saved this year alone.

Spring water saving tips:

  • If you are switching your sprinklers on, only water one day per week and reduce the run time of your system by two minutes.
  • Sprinkler system not up to scratch? Talk to a Waterwise Garden Irrigator to ensure your water, and money, is being used efficiently on your garden.

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