Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    Two-day sprinkler schedule for summer

    21/11/2010 12:00 AM
     

    Water Minister Graham Jacobs today announced that from the start of summer, scheme water users affected by the spring sprinkler restrictions would revert back to the two day a week sprinkler roster until at least the end of March.

     

    Dr Jacobs said State Cabinet had endorsed this decision based on advice from the Department of Water and the Water Corporation that the best approach for this summer was to build community support for long-term water conservation and not tighten mandatory restrictions.

     

    “The State Government agreed and the sprinkler roster will be reviewed next March,” he said.

     

    “Obviously the supply situation remains severe, but there is a strong belief within Government that the spring sprinkler roster has reinforced to the community just how critical the situation actually is - following by far the lowest run-off into our dams ever.

     

    “However, we are also aware there is a high risk that leaving the one-day roster in place through summer would result in considerable loss of green spaces and investment in gardens.

     

    “There would also be a highly adverse impact on several industries, in particular the nursery, garden and tourism industries. We must protect these industries and the thousands of people employed in them while moving Perth towards becoming a water sensitive city.”

     

    The Minister said the corporation would move quickly on a range of contingency actions and work closely with the Department of Water to reduce the risk of further and, possibly more severe bans later in 2011.

     

    There will be a continuation of the current three day a week roster for domestic bores in the Perth and Mandurah areas. 

     

    “The fact is, in this unprecedented situation, even with an extra 50 billion litres of water from the new desalination plant next year and the full emergency groundwater quota, we need at least 70 billion litres of run-off into our dams next winter to get through the 2011-12 summer without the need for further restrictions,” he said.

     

    “That will dominate water management planning and Government decision making.”

     

    The Minister said in recognition that the community must be part of the long-term journey to using less water on a permanent basis, the department and corporation would next week launch a significantly escalated educational advertising and general media campaign imploring customers to do much more to save water as an alternative to a continuation of tightened mandatory summer restrictions.

     

    “The very direct appeal is to all of the community - householders, small business and major industry - to do their part and we will manage,” he said.

     

    “We urge everyone to continue the commitment to water conservation they demonstrated during the spring restrictions. Simple measures, like mulching and limiting sprinkler run times, can dramatically reduce the volume of water a garden uses while maintaining plant health.”

     

    Dr Jacobs said the Government was aware of water carting into various South-West towns and potentially in parts of the Great Southern.  As in previous years, there may be a requirement to impose further restrictions in a number of towns within these areas to minimise the requirements for water carting.  This situation would be monitored closely and decisions on sprinkler rosters for these areas would be made at an appropriate time. 

     

    Minister's office - 9213 6900
     

    Sprinkler roster for Perth, Peel and Mandurah areas

     

     

    December 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

    Last digit of
    House/Lot number

    Scheme and bore users
    watering days

    Bore owners only:
    Additional watering day

    0

    Monday and Friday

    Wednesday

    1

    Wednesday and Saturday

    Monday

    2

    Sunday and Thursday

    Tuesday

    3

    Monday and Friday

    Wednesday

    4

    Tuesday and Saturday

    Thursday

    5

    Sunday and Wednesday

    Friday

    6

    Monday and Thursday

    Saturday

    7

    Tuesday and Friday

    Sunday

    8

    Wednesday and Saturday

    Monday

    9

    Sunday and Thursday

    Tuesday

    Note that day time sprinkler restrictions apply between the hours of 9am and 6pm.