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What are the water restrictions, sprinkler bans and watering days in Perth 2020-2021

In an effort to reduce the amount of water that we in Western Australia are wasting, the government has introduced a mandatory restriction on water consumption. In order to pull this off, everyone has been given set days and times in which they can use their sprinklers and hoses to water their gardens.

This is due to the fact that without such restrictions in place, many people over-water their gardens and end up wasting an obscene amount of water. In fact, with everyone sticking to their designated watering days, we are able to save up to 4.5 billion litres of water a year!

 

What are the watering days Perth 2020-2021?

What are the watering days in Perth and Mandurah?

The way that it works, is each house number is allotted into specific water days with set times. They are as follows:

·      Your street or house number ends in 1 or 8

If your street or lot number ends with a 1 or an 8, then your watering days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays with sprinklers being allowed between 6pm and 9am. If you have bore water you can also use them on Mondays.

·      Your street or house number ends in 2 or 9

If your street or lot number ends in a 2 or a 9, then your water days are on Sundays and Thursdays with sprinklers being allowed between 6pm and 9am. If you have bore water you can also use them on Mondays.

·      Your street or house number ends in 3 or 0

If your street or lot number ends in a 3 or a 0, then your watering days are Mondays and Fridays with sprinklers being allowed between 6pm and 9am. If you have bore water you can also use them on Mondays.

·      Your street or house number ends in 4

If your street number or lot number ends in a 4, then your watering days are Tuesdays and Saturdays with sprinklers being allowed between 6pm and 9am.

·      Your street or house number ends in 5

If your street number or lot number ends in a 5, then your watering days are on Sundays and Wednesdays with sprinklers are allowed between 6pm and 9am. If you have bore water you can also water on Fridays.

·      Your street or house number ends in 6

If your street or lot number ends in a 6, then your watering days are Mondays and Thursdays with sprinklers allowed between 6pm and 9am. If you have bore water you can also water on Saturdays.

·      Your street or house number ends in 7

If your street number or lot number ends in a 7, then your watering days are Tuesdays and Fridays with sprinklers allowed between 6pm and 9am. If you have bore water you can also water on Sundays.

Perth sprinkler days 2020-2021

For sprinklers there is a total ban during the winter. However, for the rest of the year, they can be used between 6pm and 5am on your designated watering days. This applies to both scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah, and the towns south of (including) Kalbarri and Kalgoorlie.

For residents living in towns to the north of (excluding) Kalbarri and Kalgoorlie, you can use sprinklers every alternate day between 6pm and 9am, depending on the last digit.

Garden bore users outside of Perth and Mandurah, you are able to use your bore between 6pm and 9am.

 

Watering restrictions in Perth

With these watering restrictions in Perth, there has been much confusion. Here are some of the more common questions asked:

Can I get fined if I water outside of my rostered watering days?

Yes. There are inspectors out in full force 7 days a week monitoring this and all complaints will be investigated. You can expect a $100 on the spot fine which will be issued if you are found to be breaching the watering rosters.

You must remember that you should only need to water once, either before 9am or after 6pm on the watering day allocated to you. Failing to do so and breaking these rules does come with a punishment.

Are there restrictions for bore water users?

There are indeed. While bore water users to get an extra day compared to everyone else, the sprinkler rosters and times do still apply to bore users as well.

Most garden bores draw water from the precious and shallow groundwater resources that we have in Australia. These are all shared and provide water for the natural environment, public spaces, and many other uses. As such, you really need to ensure that you use this resource carefully and stick to your delegated days.

Water reticulation in Perth

So, what are these reticulation restrictions all about?

In Australia, we have been experiencing some serious drought. In fact, 99.5% of the state is in a drought or experiencing extreme symptoms of drought, thus affecting our farming communities as well. In addition to that, there has been a serious lack of rainfall, subsequently depleting our water sources. This is why these restrictions are in place.

Declining water reserves

In the last 12 months, every state and territory across Australia has experienced a serious decline in water reserves and these are unlikely to return to normal levels any time soon. This has a lot to do with the recent forest fires that spread across Australia, including a lack of rainfall. Thus, it is important that residents and business owners alike, all across Australia come together in this new scheme to reduce our water consumption.

 

Conclusion

These are difficult times for everyone, but we each need to play our part. If we tighten the belt a little bit and stick to these allocated time slots for watering, we will be able to save a huge amount of water (4.5 billion litres a year) which is paramount.

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