Check garden bore water restrictions

Check sprinkler and bore restrictions, rosters and exemption criteria.

Because of the drying climate the State Government introduced water-efficiency measures including the introduction of restrictions on domestic garden bores and scheme water sprinkler use. 

These restrictions include permanent efficiency measures, an annual winter sprinkler switch-off that applies to both domestic garden bore and scheme water sprinkler use, and can also include extra efficiency measures and restrictions from time to time such as extensions of the winter sprinkler switch-off period or other restrictions.

From 1 September until 31 May a watering day roster applies to scheme and domestic garden bore sprinkler use in certain areas of the State. Sprinkler roster days are based on the last digit of your house number. Where there is no house number, the lot number is to be used. For more information about rostered days for scheme water sprinkler restrictions please visit the Water Corporations website . The following restrictions information is for domestic garden bore sprinkler use.
 

Sprinkler roster - Area 1 North

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Scheme water users within North Area 1 can use sprinklers every alternate day either before 9am or after 6pm based on the last digit of their house number. No weekly sprinkler roster applies to garden bores, watering is permitted once a day before 9am or after 6pms.

Map of area 1, North

Sprinkler roster - Area 2 South

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A 2-day a week scheme roster and 7-day a week domestic garden bore roster applies for the South (Area 2) including Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Kalbarri. You may use your sprinklers, once per day either before 9am or after 6pm.

Scroll down for the 1-day a week roster for Grass Patch and Salmon Gums.

Map: South Area 2

including Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Kalbarri

Map of area 2, South

Sprinkler roster: South (Area 2)

including Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Kalbarri

Last digit of your house number (or your lot number  if a house number is not allocated) Scheme users 2 watering days are: Domestic garden bore users – Additional day
1 Wednesday and Saturday -
2 Thursday and Sunday -
3 Friday and Monday -
4 Saturday and Tuesday -
5 Sunday and Wednesday -
6 Monday and Thursday -
7 Tuesday and Friday -
8 Wednesday and Saturday -
9 Thursday and Sunday -
0 Friday and Monday -

You may use your sprinklers once per day on your allocated days, either before 9am or after 6pm.

Sprinkler roster: Grass Patch and Salmon Gums

For domestic garden bore sprinkler use there is no rostered watering days and are permitted to water everyday, but only once per day between the hours of 6pm to 9am. Scheme water users are permitted to water 1 day a week in Grass Patch and Salmon Gums.  Scheme water users can visit the  Water Corporation website for more information on your rostered days.

Last digit of your house number (or your lot number  if a house number is not allocated) Scheme users 1 watering day is: Domestic garden bore users – Additional day
1 Wednesday -
2 Thursday -
3 Friday -
4 Saturday -
5 Sunday -
6 Monday -
7 Tuesday -
8 Wednesday -
9 Thursday -
0 Friday -

You may use your sprinklers once per day on your  allocated days, either before 9 am or after 6 pm.

Sprinkler roster - Area 3 Perth and Mandurah

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A two-day-a-week scheme water sprinkler roster and a three-day-a-week domestic garden bore sprinkler roster is in force from 1 September to 31 May.

A Winter sprinkler switch-off applies from 1 June to 31 August each year.

Map: Perth and Mandurah (Area 3)

Map of area 3, Perth and Mandurah

 

Sprinkler roster: Perth and Mandurah (Area 3)

Last digit of your house number (or your lot number  if a house number is not allocated) Scheme users 2 watering days are: Domestic garden bore users – Additional day
1 Wednesday and Saturday Monday
2 Thursday and Sunday Tuesday
3 Friday and Monday Wednesday
4 Saturday and Tuesday Thursday
5 Sunday and Wednesday Friday
6 Monday and Thursday Saturday
7 Tuesday and Friday Sunday
8 Wednesday and Saturday Monday
9 Thursday and Sunday Tuesday
0 Friday and Monday Wednesday

You may use your sprinklers once per day on your  allocated days, either before 9 am or after 6 pm.

Sprinkler roster - Area 4 South West

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A two-day-a-week scheme water sprinkler roster and a three-day-a-week domestic garden bore sprinkler roster is in force from 1 September to 31 May.

A Winter sprinkler switch-off applies from 1 June to 31 August each year.

Map: South West (Area 4)

including Albany

Map of area 4, South West

 

Sprinkler roster: South West (Area 4)

including Albany

Last digit of your house number (or your lot number  if a house number is not allocated) Scheme users 2 watering days are: Domestic garden bore users – Additional day
1 Wednesday and Saturday -
2 Thursday and Sunday -
3 Friday and Monday -
4 Saturday and Tuesday -
5 Sunday and Wednesday -
6 Monday and Thursday -
7 Tuesday and Friday -
8 Wednesday and Saturday -
9 Thursday and Sunday -
0 Friday and Monday -

You may use your sprinklers once per day on your  allocated days, either before 9 am or after 6 pm.

Garden bores

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Because of the drying climate, the State Government introduced water-efficiency measures, including the introduction of restrictions on domestic sprinklers.

These restrictions include permanent efficiency measures, an annual winter sprinkler switch-off that applies to domestic sprinkler use and some non-domestic use, and can also include extra efficiency measures and restrictions from time to time such as extensions of the winter sprinkler switch-off period or other restrictions.

Domestic garden bore restrictions are imposed by the Water Agencies (Water Use) By-laws 2010. These by-laws are made by the Minister for Water, with advice from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, under the Water Agencies (Powers) Act 1984.

Garden bore users

Please refer to relevant sprinkler roster above and the winter sprinkler switch-off.

Scheme water users

For information on current scheme water restrictions and all other queries please contact your water service provider.

Penalties

Anyone found using a household bore between 9am and 6pm, during the winter sprinkler switch-off, or outside their rostered days, can be fined $100.

If you receive an infringement, you will need to make a payment.

How to report misuse

If you see someone misusing water, please contact your water service provider:

Automatic Exemptions

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The following exemptions are granted automatically under the Water Agencies (Water Use) By-laws 2010.

Shared domestic garden bores

This by-law applies to a person using domestic bore water to water a lawn or garden by reticulation in circumstances where the domestic garden bore is located on a property with a different street or lot number (the other property)

Each property should only irrigate on their roster day determined by the last digit of their house number (or lot number if no house number is allocated).

If the property shares a domestic garden bore with another property and is unable to isolate the irrigation to their own allocated sprinkler roster days, then each property can then only irrigate on the days where the bore is located.

We recommend using the contact details on this page to register your details with us to avoid the issuing of a warning notice or fine.

Installation, repair or testing reticulation system

A person does not commit an offence under by-law 4 if the person operates a reticulation system using domestic bore water to the minimum extent necessary while the system is being installed, maintained, tested or repaired.

We deem the ''minimum extent necessary' to be no more than two minutes per station. Longer than this may be deemed that you are watering your garden. 

We recommend that maintenance, repairs and testing should be carried out on one of your allocated days, before 9am or after 6pm.

Turf, garden or landscaping industries

A person does not commit an offence  if, in the course of the person's occupation in the turf, garden or landscaping industries, the person operates a reticulation system using either scheme water or domestic garden bore water to the minimum extent necessary  while the reticulation system is being installed, maintained, tested or repaired.

We deem the ''minimum extent necessary' to be no more than two minutes per station.

Verti-mowing or applying fertiliser or wetting agents

A person does not commit an offence if, in the course of the persons occupation in the turf, garden or landscaping industries, the person waters a lawn, garden or grass covered sporting ground immediately after Verti-mowing or, the application of fertiliser or wetting agent.

We recommend no more than 10mm of water immediately after the application of fertilisers, wetting agents or verti-mowing.

This exemption does not apply to any other person.

Market gardens or plants in nurseries

A person does not commit an offence if the person waters a market garden or plant nursery to the minimum extent necessary to ensure their viable operation.

Note: Properties that are covered by a Department of Water and Environmental Regulation groundwater licence do not commit an offence if the person uses water in accordance with section 5C of the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914.

Caravan parks or camping ground sites (which are not covered by a groundwater license)

A person does not commit an offence if the person waters a site as defined in the Caravan Parks and Camping grounds Act 1995 section 5(1) immediately after the site has been vacated by an occupier. 

Note: Properties that are covered by a Department of Water and Environmental Regulation groundwater licence do not commit an offence if the person uses water in accordance with section 5C of the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914.

Maintenance of birds in aviaries

A person does not commit an offence if the person waters an aviary to the minimum extent necessary to maintain those birds in that aviary.

Fire fighting

A person does not commit an offence if the person uses water to the minimum extent necessary for fire fighting or training for fire fighting.

New lawns and gardens registration

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Planting new lawn or garden: There is no exemption under the Water Agencies (Water Use) by-laws 2010.

If you need to use your sprinkler system outside of your allocated days/times or during the total winter sprinkler switch-off (effective from 1 June to 31 August) see below.

Domestic garden bore users that also hold a Water Corporation Scheme Water account can apply for a watering exemption.

All other domestic garden bore users must register with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on 1800 508 885 (option 1).

If you have not registered and there is a proven breach of the water conditions you may be fined $100.

For more information, contact your water services provider:

Perth/Mandurah area

Note: Holders of a groundwater licence  should follow the conditions as described on their licence and are not required to register newly planted lawns/gardens.

Frequently Asked Questions - Winter sprinkler switch-off

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1. Why do we have a winter switch-off?

Evaporation rates are low in winter and there is usually enough rainfall to sustain lawns and gardens. Water being used on lawns and gardens in winter is a waste of this valuable resource. The winter sprinkler switch-off aims to prevent this wastage and save water for the drier months.

2. Can I maintain my bore during the winter sprinkler switch-off?

Maintenance of garden bores is important and under the legislation a person does not commit an offence if the person operates a reticulation system using domestic bore water to the minimum extent necessary while the system is being installed, maintained, tested and repaired.

The minimum extent necessary is considered to involve limiting testing to a maximum of two minutes per station. Running your reticulation longer than this may be considered watering your garden.

The department recommends that wherever possible, maintenance, repairs and testing are carried out on one of your allocated September to May sprinkler roster days, where applicable and before 9am or after 6pm.

3. What happens if there is no rain?

The Minister can delay the start date of the switch-off or suspend the switch-off for a period of time if weather conditions require.

4. What happens if I am away when the winter sprinkler switch-off starts and I am unable to turn off my sprinkler system?

During the winter sprinkler switch-off you must turn off your sprinkler system otherwise you may face a penalty. If you will be away when the winter switch-off comes into effect, it is your responsibility to make sure that your sprinkler system has been turned off before your departure or that you have arranged for someone to turn the system off for you.

5. I water my garden with a hand held hose. Is this permitted during the winter sprinkler switch-off?

Yes. You are still permitted to hand-water your garden.

6. Do businesses and other organisations need to abide by these restrictions?

If businesses have a groundwater licence, they must act within the conditions of their licence.

7. Who do I contact if I observe sprinkler misuse during the winter sprinkler switch-off?

If you observe sprinkler misuse at a property please contact your water service provider.

If you observe a local government misusing water, please contact that local government department directly. It is important to record as many details as possible including the address, time and date of water misuse and what you saw.

8. Do penalties apply for not doing the right thing?

Yes, penalties do apply for a proven breach.

9. Where can I find information on garden bores?

Refer to our Domestic garden bore FAQ's.

Frequently Asked Questions - Licensed garden bore users

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1. Why do we have a winter sprinkler switch-off?

Evaporation rates are low in winter and there is usually enough rainfall to sustain lawns and gardens. Water being used on lawns and gardens in winter is a waste of this valuable resource. The winter sprinkler switch-off aims to prevent this wastage and save water for the drier months.

2. Are all groundwater licensed users included in the winter sprinkler switch-off?

No. The winter sprinkler switch-off applies to licensed groundwater users who irrigate non-commercial areas of turf/lawn or gardens. These users include businesses, local governments, public and private schools, golf courses, government departments, major parks, universities and TAFE campuses, and race grounds.

If you are a licensed water user and are unsure if you are affected by the switch-off please contact the relevant Department of Water and Environmental Regulation office.

3. Are there exemptions for licensed water users?

Yes. Licensed water users are permitted to irrigate for commercial purposes during the winter sprinkler switch-off. For more information please contact the relevant Department of Water and Environmental Regulation office.

4. Are school sports ovals exempt from the winter sprinkler switch-off?

Yes. School sports ovals are classified as ‘active sporting areas’ and are not included in the winter sprinkler switch-off. However, we recommend only irrigating when absolutely necessary.

5. Are caravan parks and camping grounds exempt?

Yes. Areas of turf within a caravan park or camping ground are considered part of the commercial operation of the business and therefore they are not included in the winter sprinkler switch-off.

6. Who do I contact if I observe sprinkler use by a local government during the winter sprinkler switch-off?

If you observe a local government using sprinklers during the winter sprinkler switch-off, excluding active sports areas, please contact the local government directly.

Please try and record as much detail as possible, including the address, time and date of the water misuse and what you observed.

Note: Holders of a groundwater licence should follow the conditions as described on their licence and are not required to register newly planted lawns/gardens.

Page reviewed 30 October 2020