230% increase in sprinkler roster infringements across Perth
Two-day-per-week roster in place in Perth over summer, autumn and spring
Residents are reminded to set garden sprinkler systems to the correct days, as the latest Water Corporation figures showed several growing outer suburbs had received the highest number of infringements.
Water Minister Mia Davies said out of 3,417 fines issued since July 2015, Baldivis topped the list with 304 infringements.
She encouraged households to check their sprinkler systems were set correctly to help save water in the drying climate.
"The two-day-per-week sprinkler roster was made permanent nearly a decade ago and has been widely accepted. However, we have seen a 230 per cent increase in scheme water infringements across the entire Perth metropolitan area so far this financial year," she said.
"Many people do not realise that more than 40 per cent of water use in the home occurs outside in the garden. Abiding by the sprinkler roster is just one way to help save water.
"The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain in Perth at the end of the week, which is a good opportunity to switch sprinklers off and give gardens a free drink from the sky."
Sprinklers can be used once per watering day either before 9am or after 6pm. The corporation recommends that pop up/fixed spray sprinklers are set to run for 10 minutes each station.
The top 10 suburbs which have breached the sprinkler roster since July 1, 2015 are:
- Baldivis - 304
- Byford - 175
- Ellenbrook - 163
- Harrisdale - 138
- Banksia Grove - 134
- Wellard - 124
- Caversham - 118
- Aveley - 118
- Alkimos - 109
- Nollamara - 107
Despite the increase in sprinkler fines, the corporation's Whatever you do, just drop 2 campaign has been successful in contributing to reducing the overall water use from its peak late last year at 8.76 billion litres over target, down to 2.86 billion litres over target as of this week.
Minister's office - 6552 5500