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. The ban only applies to scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South West and Great Southern regions. However, we do encourage everyone to irrigate only when necessary, regardless of the source.
But won’t my garden die? I definitely need to water my lawn!
Winter brings with it cooler temperatures and lower evaporation rates which means the plants in our gardens don’t need as much water. Most lawns also go dormant over winter, so rainfall should be enough to keep your lawn alive.
What if I’ve just installed my lawn?
If you’ve just installed a new lawn, you can apply for a new lawn exemption allowing you to water as necessary until it is established. You can apply for a new lawn exemption through our online form. Keep in mind that you will need to meet the conditions applicable to our exemption or be at risk of a fine up to $500. Breaches are the responsibility of the property owner, not the person who installed the lawn, plants or sprinkler system.
Can I still test my irrigation?
You can employ a professional in the irrigation, turf, garden or landscaping industries to test your irrigation system on or outside of your allocated watering days and times, however:
- Testing is limited to a maximum of two minutes per station
- The professional must be in attendance in the garden area where the sprinklers are operating
- Appropriate signage indicating that testing is in progress must be clearly displayed
- Inspectors will ask to view repairs
Can I hand water during the switch-off?
Yes, customers are still able to hand water during the winter sprinkler switch-off as there are currently no restrictions on hand watering.