Sprin­kler ban starts on Fri­day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

WIN­TER is com­ing and with it the sea­sonal sprin­kler ban.

Any­one caught us­ing sprin­klers be­tween this Fri­day and Au­gust 31 risks a $100 fine.

The Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion said last year the Win­ter Sprin­kler Switch-off saved nearly five bil­lion litres of wa­ter.

“Last year, the sim­ple act of turn­ing our sprin­klers off for win­ter saved enough wa­ter to fill Op­tus Sta­dium to the roof five times,” spokes­woman Clare Lu­gar said.

“Of course with rain fore­cast over the next few days, peo­ple can turn their sprin­klers off be­fore win­ter of­fi­cially starts and save even more pre­cious wa­ter.”

All scheme and do­mes­tic bore wa­ter users need to switch off their sprin­klers fed by both au­to­matic ir­ri­ga­tion and gar­den hoses, but hand wa­ter­ing is per­mit­ted.

Many li­censed ground­wa­ter users ir­ri­gat­ing ar­eas of non-com­mer­cial turf, lawn and gar­dens will also be af­fected by the switch-off, but some con­di­tions may al­low for the wa­ter­ing of ac­tive sport­ing ar­eas for safe use, bore main­te­nance and to es­tab­lish new lawns and gar­dens for a limited pe­riod.

The ban ap­plies to house­holds, busi­nesses and coun­cils in Perth.

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