Sprinkler fines soak Perth suburbs

Sprinkler fines soak Perth suburbs

The State Government has reminded residents to set garden sprinkler systems to the correct days, with the Water Corporation issuing 3417 fines. Of those, 134 were for Banksia Grove residents, and 109 were in Alkimos, placing the suburbs fifth and ninth respectively.

Water Corporation spokeswoman Clare Lugar 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 is widely accepted,” she said.

“However, this financial year we have seen a 230 per cent increase in infringements across the entire Perth metropolitan area.

“Many people do not realise that over 40 per cent of water use in the home occurs outside in the garden. Abiding by the sprinkler roster is just one way households can help save water in our drying climate.”

Sprinklers can be used once per watering day either before 9am or after 6pm, preferably for 10 minutes per station.

To report sprinkler roster breaches, call 13 10 39 – households can receive a $100 fine if a breach is sighted by an inspector, and a warning if reported by a member of the public.

The top 10 suburbs which have breached the sprinkler roster since July 1, 2015 are:

1. Baldivis – 304

2. Byford – 175

3. Ellenbrook – 163

4. Harrisdale – 138

5. Banksia Grove – 134

6. Wellard – 124

7. Caversham – 118

8. Aveley – 118

9. Alkimos – 109

10. Nollamara – 107