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Winter is a really important time to help conserve water in preparation for warmer months when there is a greater reliance on sprinklers. All Western Australians know the importance of staying Waterwise. 

The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is one of many ways we each can contribute toward liveable, sustainable and resilient communities of the future

During the cooler months( June till August ) - lawns go dormant and plants do not require as much water, meaning it is the perfect time to save water for when we need it most.

Water Corporation has a ban applied to all schemes and domestic bore water users in the Mandurah/Perth area from 1st June to 31st August every year. Since being introduced in 2010, the annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-off has saved around 50 billion litres of water - enough to fill Optus Stadium 50 times.

Anyone using their sprinklers during June and August risks a $100 fine and this becomes the responsibility of the occupier/tenant.

Water Corporation Inspectors are out in force 7 days a week and all complaints are investigated.  Hand watering is still permitted.

Some exceptions:

  • The bore water users are allowed to flush sprinkler systems once a week on their normal rostered watering days, either before 9 am or after 6 pm, for about two minutes per station. If you have a bore and want to perform maintenance on your sprinklers, make sure you check your watering days.
  • If you are establishing a new lawn or garden, you must apply for a temporary exemption to water between 9 am and 6 pm, 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.

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