Brace yourself, winter is coming… and so is the seasonal sprinkler ban

You could face a $100 fine for leaving your sprinklers on this winter. Picture: Supplied
You could face a $100 fine for leaving your sprinklers on this winter. Picture: Supplied

WINTER is coming and with it the seasonal sprinkler ban.

Anyone caught using sprinklers between next Friday (June 1) and August 31 risks a $100 fine.

The Water Corporation reports that last year, the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off saved nearly five billion litres of water.

“Last year, the simple act of turning our sprinklers off for winter saved enough water to fill Optus Stadium to the roof five times,” spokeswoman Clare Lugar said.

“Of course with rain forecast over the next few days, people can turn their sprinklers off before winter officially starts and save even more precious water.”

Your fate won’t be as bad as Ned Stark’s if you are caught using sprinklers in winter, but a $100 fine will still sting.

All scheme and domestic bore water users need to switch-off their sprinklers fed by both automatic irrigation and garden hoses, but hand watering is still permitted.

Many licensed groundwater users irrigating areas of non-commercial turf, lawn and gardens will also be affected by the switch-off, but some conditions may allow for the watering of active sporting areas for safe use, bore maintenance and to establish new lawns and gardens for a limited period.

The switch off applies to households, businesses and councils across Perth.

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