Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    One-day-a-week water sprinkler roster begins

    1/10/2010 12:00 AM

    Water Minister Graham Jacobs has urged the community to save as much water as possible during the next two months as the one-day-a-week sprinkler roster begins.


    Dr Jacobs announced last week that because of virtually no run off into the dams during winter, Perth, the South-West and the Lower Great Southern would be on a one-day-a-week roster from October 1 until November 30. 


    The tightening of the roster from two-days-a-week applies only to users of the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWSS).  Bore owners are permitted to use their bores for three-days-a-week.  Hand watering of gardens and lawns is still allowed.


    “I ask that everyone be sensible with their water use through the rest of spring and on into summer to help us manage our water supplies through a quite extraordinary time,” the Minister said.


    “The community showed fantastic support for the winter sprinkler ban and I now ask that everyone shows similar support during a time when we have just come through our second -driest winter on record, continuing dry weather through September and the lowest run off into the dams since 1913.”


    Dr Jacobs said the situation faced this spring required strong action that would encourage a further reduction in demand leading into the 2010-11 summer. 


    The State Government had a duty to look beyond the coming summer and autumn and the new demand measures would also help secure supplies during a very trying demand period leading to the commissioning of the new desalination plant in the latter half of 2011.


    “Guiding our thoughts on this decision was the need to ensure we do everything possible to prepare ourselves if the 2011 winter run off into the dams is similar to this year,” he said.


    The Minister said the Water Corporation and the Department of Water were working closely to ensure security of supplies during summer. 


    Other actions under way included several contingency measures and other initiatives that would result in some new water being available for use and some water savings.


    “I acknowledge there will be some industries impacted by this essential action and the corporation and department will work with these during this trying time,” he said.


    Figures released today showed 137 warning notices and seven infringement notices were issued in the past seven days for breaches of the sprinkler roster.


    Dr Jacobs said this was disappointing and inspectors would continue to enforce the new roster.


    The new one-day-a-week sprinkler roster will operate as follows:



    Last digit of property’s street number or, where there is no street number, lot number

    Day for watering by sprinkler






















    Further information is available from http://www.watercorporation.com.au/


    Minister's office: 9213 6900