Remember to Turn Off Your Reticulation for Winter in Perth and the South West

As autumn comes to an end, it’s a timely reminder that the winter sprinkler switch off begins on the 1st of June. The winter sprinkler switch off is a permanent water-efficiency measure that occurs each year from 1st June to 31st August.

During the winter of 2019, around 5 billion litres of water was saved by switching off our sprinklers. Climate change means it is more important than ever to save water for when it is needed the most. 

Click below to learn more about this WA Government scheme including:

  • What areas does the sprinkler switch off apply to?
  • Who does the sprinkler switch off apply to?
  • Am I exempt if I am establishing a new lawn or garden?

What areas does the sprinkler switch off apply to?

The switch off applies to sprinkler use in the Perth/Mandurah Area (Area 3) and South West (Area 4) of Western Australia, including Albany. The map below outlines the winter sprinkler switch off areas.

Winter sprinkler switch off areas

Who does the sprinkler switch off apply to?

The winter sprinkler switch off applies to scheme water users, domestic garden bores, licensed groundwater users including local governments, schools, golf courses, government departments, universities, TAFE campuses, major parks, and businesses that irrigate areas of non-commercial turf, lawn and gardens.

Active sporting locations, such as schools and local government ovals, are permitted to irrigate during winter because of their frequent use, safety considerations and amenity planting.

Am I exempt if I am establishing a new lawn or garden?

If you are establishing a new lawn or garden, you must apply for a temporary exemption to water between 9am and 6pm, outside your rostered watering days, and during the winter switch off period. There is no automatic exemption under the Water Agencies (Water Use) By-laws 2010. You can apply online for a new lawn or garden exemption if you have a Water Corporation account.

If you have not registered and there is a proven breach of the water conditions you may be fined.

Looking for advice on creating a water wise garden? WA Reticulation Supplies is a Waterwise Garden Design Store

WA Reticulation Supplies is a Waterwise Garden Design shop which means we are trained to help you create an attractive and functional garden to suite your lifestyle or transform your existing garden by assessing water efficiency and making recommendations to reduce your water use. We will provide all the answers to your questions about Waterwise irrigation design whether starting from scratch or refurbishing an existing system.

As Waterwise Garden Design shop, we are qualified to install & maintain water efficient garden watering systems to an industry standard.

Drop in and speak to the team at 4/277 Albany Highway, Armadale or 3/12 Lloyd Street in Midland or call the team for expert advice on (08) 9399 9399 or (08) 9274 5500.

 This article contains general information regarding the Winter Sprinkler Switch Off. For more information about the Winter Sprinkler Switch Off and references to this article please visit WA.gov.au

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