Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    Sprinkler ban to end - but don't turn them on just yet

    1/09/2010 12:00 AM

    Water Minister Graham Jacobs today announced the winter sprinkler ban for Perth, Mandurah and parts of the State’s South-West would be lifted as planned today - but urged the public to continue to use water sparingly.


    Dr Jacobs praised the WA community for saving more than two billion litres of water during the three month total winter sprinkler ban which ended last night. The amount of water saved is equivalent to two Subiaco ovals filled to the top of the goal posts. 


    The Minister said following the lowest winter runoff from the dams since records started in 1911, he encouraged West Australians to resist turning on their sprinklers.


    “I thank West Australians in the South-West corner of the State for sticking with the ban during these dry months, but ask them to carefully consider the need to start re-using their sprinklers just yet,” he said.


    “The cool weather assists lawns during these dry times and to help us save water, please do not turn on your sprinklers unless necessary.”


    The Minister said while rainfall had not been good so far this year, WA was not in a situation of running out of water.


    “I will be monitoring rainfall and runoff data during September with a view to changing the summer, spring and autumn roster,” he said.


    The Water Minister has the authority to introduce or change roster days should the need arise.


    The winter sprinkler ban applies each winter to garden bore and scheme water users in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West.


    Dr Jacobs said it was disappointing the Water Corporation had been required to issue 3,232 scheme warnings and 22 infringements this winter. On top of that there were 1,490 bore warnings and two infringement notices.


    Last winter’s successful two-month trial was supported by more than 90 per cent of the community and overall saved the equivalent of 5.5 million buckets of water every day, enough to supply Manjimup or Collie with water for a year.


    Final data on the 2010 winter sprinkler ban will be released early next month.


    Minister's office - 9213 6900