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Can I water a commercial market garden or plant nursery?

Yes. You can water all produce and plants for sale in market gardens and nurseries but not surrounding lawns and gardens.


What types of products can apply to use the Waterwise label?

The Waterwise Products Program focuses on water savings that can be achieved in the garden and includes any water saving product that falls into one of the Smart Approved WaterMark categories.


How is a community garden defined?

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


When should I apply for a watering exemption

Only apply for an exemption on the day of lawn or garden installation.


Can I use a high pressure water cleaner?

You can only use a high pressure water cleaner or hand held hose to spray buildings, building sites, demolition sites, paths, paved areas and roads to: fight fires; avoid a threat to public health or safety (eg: cleaning up a chemical spill); and construct, demolish or repair buildings, paved areas and roads.


Can I test my irrigation system?

Irrigation can only be tested following repairs or installation, and you should only undertake testing on your allocated watering days and times. You may use an irrigation system for a maximum of 2 minutes per station to test the components are working. Please note: you must be in attendance in the garden area where the sprinklers are operating, there must be some evidence of the repairs or evidence that the system has just been installed and inspectors will ask to view repairs.


When is the winter sprinkler ban in place?

A permanent winter sprinkler ban applies to all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the South West, from 1 June to 31 August each year.


Where can I download a user manual for my specific irrigation system?

Visit the Watershed website to download irrigation controller manuals.


Why apply for the Waterwise Products Program?

Consumer research conducted by us has revealed that more than 80% of consumers would be more inclined to purchase a product or service if it was easily identifiable as being waterwise and endorsed by a credible source such as the Water Corporation.


I have a rainwater tank can I still use my sprinklers?

The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off does not apply to irrigation systems that use water collected by rainwater tanks.