Water Corporation today reminded households, businesses and councils in Perth, Mandurah, parts of the South West and Great Southern regions to switch off garden sprinklers and help save billions of litres of precious water.


Last year the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off saved nearly five billion litres of water. 


All scheme and domestic bore water users need to switch-off sprinklers, fed by both automatic irrigation and garden hoses, from next Friday, 1 June to 31 August 2018. Hand watering is still permitted.


Water Corporation spokesperson Clare Lugar said during winter many lawn varieties grown in Perth were dormant, and evaporation rates and temperatures were generally lower, so gardens do not need extra watering.


“Last year, the simple act of turning our sprinklers off for winter saved enough water to fill Optus Stadium to the roof five times,” Ms Lugar said.


The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off also applies to many licensed groundwater users that irrigate areas of non-commercial turf, lawn and gardens. Groundwater licence conditions may allow for the watering of active sporting areas to maintain safe use, for bore maintenance and to establish new lawns and gardens for a limited period.


Ms Lugar said Water Corporation was making it easy for the community to remember to switch-off sprinklers, by offering free reminders next week, before winter begins on Friday, 1 June.


“People can register to receive a reminder next Wednesday, 30 May via text message, Facebook, email or directly to their calendar.”


To register, visit www.watercorporation.com.au/wintersprinklerswitchoff


“Of course with rain forecast over the next few days people can turn their sprinklers off before winter officially starts and save even more precious water.”


Ignoring the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off can result in a $100 fine if witnessed by a Water Corporation Water Efficiency Inspector, or a written warning if reported by a member of the public. If people witness anyone breaching the switch-off, they can report this online at www.watercorporation.com.au/breach or by phoning 13 10 39.


In areas not subject to the switch-off, normal watering rosters and the daytime sprinkler ban still apply.


For details on how the ban applies to licensed bore water users go to www.water.wa.gov.au


Did you know?


  • The switch-off has been permanent since 2010 and is strongly supported by the community, with 77 per cent of warnings issued in 2017 the result of a report from a member of the public


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List of Local Government Areas where the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off applies


Perth and Mandurah

South West/Great Southern

City of Swan

Shire of Dardanup

City of Wanneroo

Shire of Denmark

Shire of Kalamunda

Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup

Shire of Mundaring

Shire of Harvey

Shire of Murray

Shire of Manjimup

Shire of Peppermint Grove

Shire of Nannup

Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale

Shire of Plantagenet

Town of Bassendean

Shire of Waroona

Town of Cambridge

City of Albany

Town of Claremont

City of Bunbury

Town of Cottesloe

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

Town of East Fremantle

Shire of Boyup Brook

Town of Kwinana

Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes

Town of Mosman Park

City of Busselton

Town of Victoria Park

Shire of Capel

Town of Vincent

Shire of Collie

City of Armadale

Shire of Cranbrook

City of Bayswater


City of Belmont


City of Canning


City of Cockburn


City of Fremantle


City of Gosnells


City of Joondalup


City of Mandurah


City of Melville


City of Nedlands


City of Perth


City of Rockingham


City of South Perth


City of Stirling


City of Subiaco





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