During winter in Perth, residential gardens don’t need to be watered as the winter rains provide enough water to keep gardens healthy while helping us conserve our precious water resources!
The Water Corporation has created a strict winter ban between the 1st of June to the 31st of August every year and getting caught watering your garden during the ban can cost you a fine of $100.
Here are a few of the most common questions about the water ban and what it means for Perth homeowners…
Which parts of Western Australia are included in the ban?
The sprinkler switch off applies to both schemes and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the South West (including Albany).
How do I turn off my reticulation sprinkler system?
With most controllers, it is a very straightforward step and all you have to do is to turn the dial to the off position – if you’re unsure you may want to watch the following video or call us and we will happily do it for you.
What do I do if I have a bore?
While you still have to switch off and not run your regular watering days, bore owners may want to run their system (briefly!) and weekly to avoid having the bore seizing which may lead to costly repairs.
What if I have just planted a new lawn or garden?
If you have just planted and are worried about the establishment of your new greenery, remember that there is no automatic exemption – you still need to apply for a temporary exemption or you can receive a fine. This will allow you to water between 9am and 6pm, outside your rostered watering days, and during the winter switch-off period. You can apply online through the Water Corporation website or by calling the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Should I get my reticulation serviced in winter?
Winter is a great time to contact your reticulation technician and get your repairs done or upgrade your retic system. While in summer it can be almost impossible to get hold of a technician, most retic repair companies slow down during winter months and have much more time to install new systems and or repair existing systems during this season.
This switch-off doesn’t just save you money on a fine, but it preserves our water resources for summer – when our gardens need them the most!
If you would like to take advantage of the quieter months and get a new system installed or your current system checked and optimised, find out more below and talk to us today!