Householders across Perth, Mandurah and parts of the Southwest and Great Southern must turn their garden sprinklers off from June 1 – or risk being dobbed in by a nosy neighbour.
State water minister Mia Davies said it was now “even easier” to dob in a sprinkler ban flouter by hitting http://www.watercorporation.com.au/breach, and letting your fingers do the talking.
The winter sprinkler ban had been in place since 2010 and Ms Davies reckons the ban saved about 4.5 billion litres of drinking water last year alone.
”The winter sprinkler ban has been embraced by West [sic] Australians since its introduction, with recent Water Corporation research showing 81 per cent of people surveyed supported the ban,” Ms Davies said.
“… The sprinkler ban was introduced on the basis that gardens don’t need as much water during the cooler, wetter months.
“In our drying climate, it is important we work together to save water for when it is most needed.
“Please remember to switch off your sprinklers before June 1 so we can achieve significant water savings again this year.”
Ms Davies warned that breaching the winter sprinkler ban could result in a $100 fine.
Last winter, 1668 sprinkler flouters copped a warning and 244 were fined for using their sprinklers during the ban.
The winter sprinkler ban applies to both scheme and bore water users.
But hand watering is permitted and gardeners can apply for an exemption to establish new lawns.
In areas of Western Australia not subject to the ban, normal watering rosters and the daytime sprinkler ban still apply.