Brighton Groundwater Scheme

This third pipe scheme supplies properties in the Brighton estate in Butler with non-drinking water to irrigate their garden.

About 1,150 properties in the Brighton estate are able to use this non drinking water scheme to irrigate their lawns and gardens.

Water Corporation is the owner and operator of the scheme, having taken over from the Satterley Property Group in 2015.

Time to switch off your sprinklers

On Saturday 1 June 2019, the third pipe scheme was switched off as part of our winter sprinkler switch-off campaign.

To protect reticulation systems and controller boxes while the scheme isn’t running over winter, residents were advised to switch their irrigation controller from ‘Auto Run’ to ‘Off’ by 1 June 2019 (as any damage to reticulation from this time is the owner's responsibility). Controller boxes should be located on the side of the house.

If you are no longer using the third pipe scheme, we encourage you to keep your controller in ‘Off’ mode.

By switching off sprinklers in the metro area and letting the rain take care of your gardens instead, we can save almost 5 billion litres of water over winter!

What are my watering days and times?

Your irrigation system is programmed to operate three days a week, in line with the Department of Water and Environment garden bore user regulations.

To find out your watering days visit

If your house is an odd number your irrigation is programmed to come on between 12 midnight and 3am, on your standard watering days. If you house is an even number your irrigation is programmed to come on between 3am and 6am, on your standard watering days.

What kind of water does the scheme use?

The water supplied from the third pipe scheme must only be used for watering your lawn and garden through your irrigation system. All external taps are to be connected to normal drinking water supplies.

Groundwater supplied through this scheme is not suitable for drinking, cooking, swimming, food preparation or bathing. 

The scheme draws water from the local shallow aquifer via a series of bores in the public open space. The water meets Department of Health standards for garden irrigation and is monitored regularly.