Don't forget to turn your sprinklers off for winter [Minister]

19/05/2017
  • Winter sprinkler ban in place from June 1 to August 31, 2017

  • Ban applies to scheme and bore water

  • Sprinkler ban saved 4.8 billion litres of scheme water in 2016

Water Minister Dave Kelly today reminded households and businesses in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern regions to turn off their garden sprinklers for winter and help save billions of litres of precious water.  

Residents need to turn off automatic sprinkler systems from June 1 to August 31 when the annual sprinkler ban is in effect.

The winter sprinkler ban applies to scheme and bore water users, however hand watering is permitted and customers can apply for an exemption to establish new lawns.

Breaching the winter sprinkler ban 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 winter sprinkler ban, they can report this online at http://www.watercorporation.com.au/breach or phone 13 10 39.

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

Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

"Western Australia is one of three places in the world that is being hardest hit by climate change.

"While we did have some unseasonable summer rainfall in February, it made little difference to water sources dependent on our climate - dams and groundwater.

"So far autumn has been relatively dry, with no rainfall recorded at all in April in the metropolitan area.

"It is more important than ever that we keep up our waterwise habits during winter and turn off sprinklers.

"Last year, the sprinkler ban saved 4.8 billion litres of scheme water - which is enough to fill more than 2,100 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

"This year, the Water Corporation is making it even easier to remember to turn off your sprinklers, and you can now receive a reminder on May 31 via text message, Facebook, email or your calendar.  To register, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/wintersprinklerswitchoff


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