Western Australia Minister for Water Graham Jacobs
Winter Sprinkler Bans Start Today
Victor P Taffa
Water Minister Graham Jacobs today reminded householders in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West to turn off their sprinklers for three months starting today and ending August 31.
“The ban will apply each winter to garden bore and scheme water users in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West.” Dr. Jacobs said.
“This follows last winter’s successful two-month trial which was supported by more than 90 % of the community and overall saved the equivalent of 5.5 Million buckets of water every day, enough to supply Manjimup or Collie with water for a year.”
Normal watering rosters and the daytime sprinkler ban would apply to all other regions.
The Minister said the ban would not affect any industrial or commercial activities that use water to support their business.
However, more than 600 businesses, local governments, schools, and other organisations licensed to take groundwater for irrigating non-commercial lawns and gardens, have had their licences amended so they also comply with the winter sprinkler ban.
Schools and local government ovals are allowed some irrigation if required during the winter period due to their frequent use and the value they provide to the wider community.
There are a number of activities which are exempt during the ban, including hand-held watering and irrigating golf course tees and greens, bowling greens, turf wickets and race tracks.
Dr. Jacobs said during the trial ban, feedback showed bore users needed to be able to regularly operate bores for short periods for maintenance. This will be permitted, but anyone using their sprinklers for watering from June 1 until the end of August risked a $100 fine.
“The chosen boundaries for the trial were based on local government borders and determined using evapo-transpiration rates and rainfall data.” the Minister said.
While the winter sprinkler ban dates are in line with climatic conditions, the Minister may alter them annually depending on rainfall and subsequent water availability.
“I appeal to Perth households and businesses to embrace the permanent ban with enthusiasm, given we have just experienced one of the hottest, driest summers on record.” Dr. Jacobs said.
Outside the winter period, the existing watering day rosters and daytime sprinkler ban will continue to apply.