If your business falls under one of the categories below then you can water outside of the normal watering sprinkler roster.

If you’re currently managing or planning to establish a community garden, you can apply for an exemption.

A community garden is defined as a garden that:

  • is managed by a community group and/or a not-for-profit organisation
  • involves the participation of the wider community and/or a specific community (e.g. retirement village) in the day to day operation of the garden
  • includes growing fruit, vegetables and herbs as primary activities.

A community garden does not include a productive garden at a school where the normal sprinkler roster applies.

How to apply

Get your community garden manager to call us on 13 10 39 with the following information: 

  • the address of the community garden
  • name, telephone details and email address
  • the name of the person responsible for watering the community garden
  • if the community garden uses a bore or scheme water
  • the waterwise design features incorporated in the community garden
  • the date you would like the exemption to start.

Exemption conditions

For community gardens south of Kalbarri & Kalgoorlie (inclusive)
  • Between 1 September and 31 May you can water the garden every day.
  • From 1 June to 31 August you can water it 3 days per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you need to in order to maintain healthy plant growth. 
  • The amount of water applied daily can't exceed 10mm.
  • Sprinklers can only run once on any of these given days before 9am or after 6pm.
  • You can run drip irrigation twice on any of these given days only if the total daily application amount doesn't exceed 10mm.
For community gardens north of Kalbarri & Kalgoorlie (exclusive)
  • An irrigation system can be used daily if you need to in order to maintain healthy plant growth.
  • The amount of water applied daily can't exceed 20mm.
  • Sprinklers must only be run once each day before 9am or after 6pm.
  • Drip irrigation can daily provided that the total daily use doesn't exceed 20mm.

Licensed bores

If you have a licensed bore please contact the Department of Water on (08) 6364 7600 to find out what kind of excemptions apply to you.

How to apply

The community garden manager needs to call 13 10 39 and will be required to provide the following information:

  • The address of the community garden
  • Your name, telephone details and email address
  • The name of the person responsible for watering the community garden
  • If the community garden uses a bore or scheme water
  • The Waterwise design features incorporated in the community garden
  • The date the exemption is requested to commence

Exemption Conditions

For community gardens south of and including Kalbarri and Kalgoorlie

  • Between 1 September and 31 May you will be allowed to water the garden every day
  • From 1 June to 31 August you will only be allowed to water it three days per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, if required to maintain healthy plant growth
  • The amount of water applied daily must not exceed 10 mm
  • Sprinklers must only be run once on any of these given days and is not permitted to be on between 9 am and 6 pm
  • Drip irrigation can be run twice on any of these given days provided that the total daily application amount does not exceed 10mm

For community gardens North of and including Kalbarri and Kalgoorlie

  • An irrigation system can be used every day in these community gardens through the year, if required to maintain healthy plant growth
  • The amount of water applied daily must not exceed 20 mm
  • Sprinklers must only be run once on any of these given days and is not permitted to be on between 9am and 6 pm
  • Drip irrigation can be run twice on any of these given days provided that the total daily application amount does not exceed 20mm

Licenced bore owners should contact the Department of Water on (08) 6364 7600 to discuss this exemption under the conditions of their licence.

Exemption breaches

If you are found not to comply with the exemption conditions, you may receive a fine of up to $500 which may be modified to a $100 on the spot fine. The breach will be the responsibility of the manager of the community garden, not the person who established it.

You can apply for an exemption to change your designated watering days. When applying, you must show us why you need to change your days after having considered all other options.

This exemption allows you to water before 9am or after 6pm on the selected days.

When operating irrigation systems for these purposes, you can water for the minimum extent necessary. This means:

  • limiting testing to a maximum of 2 minutes per station
  • clearly displaying an 'authorised sprinkler testing in progress' sign.

You can water up to 10mm once the area has been vacated.

You can water using efficient irrigation practices. For example, for many glasshouse plants, the use of a mist spray for up to 1 minute 4 times a day is satisfactory.

In towns south of (and including) Kalbarri and Kalgoorlie, you can water using an irrigation system for 1 extra day per week on top of your rostered watering day/s.

If you have an aviary you can put your sprinklers on and use the minimum amount of water necessary to maintain your birds.

You can water to the minimum extent necessary to ensure the viable operation of the market garden or plant nursery.

You can water for 10 minutes before any sporting activities begin.

If you work in the turf, garden and landscaping industry, you can apply 10mm of water immediately after the application of fertiliser, wetting agents or vertimowing.

This exemption is not available to general customers who are expected to carry out these activities and watering on their allocated day and within the allowed times.

You can use water as required for fire fighting or training for fire fighting.

All commercial and industrial properties are exempt if the water is required for operational purposes. This exemption doesn't cover watering of lawns and/or gardens at these properties.