John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    New water efficiency measures begin

    28/09/2007 2:35 PM

    New water rostering will come into effect next week.

    Water Resources Minister John Kobelke said from Monday, October 1, water efficiency measures would apply across the State and include Perth region garden bores for the first time.

    “The State has been divided into two permanent water efficiency zones - north and south of a line from Kalbarri to Dalwallinu and east to the Western Australian-South Australian border, just north of Kalgoorlie,” he said.

    “Communities south of the line will be required to water on two days a week, while those north will be able to water on alternate days.

    “Metropolitan garden bores will need to comply with a three-day roster system.

    “Current rostering has shown residential properties can comply and still maintain healthy gardens.

    “With water our most precious resource, these new measures are part of our ongoing water efficiency program aimed squarely at stopping water wastage, whether that be drinking water or groundwater.”

    The Minister said there would be a two-month grace period before garden bore owners would be fined to allow them to adjust their irrigation controllers to the three-day per week watering pattern.

    “During this two-month settling-in period, reminder notices will be sent to people reported as not adhering to the new system, similar to when two-day a week rostering began back in 2001,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “There is strong community support for water efficiency measures, with recent surveys showing 88 per cent of garden bore owners supported these actions.”

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    Minister's office - 9222 9211