Fines aplenty for Perth households flouting sprinkler bans
MORE than 1000 Perth households have been caught flouting the winter sprinkler ban.
Last month the Water Corporation issued 145 homes with $100 fines for breaching the sprinkler ban and sent warnings to 900 more properties.
The State-owned utility said 70 per cent of the warnings were the result of neighbours reporting water wasters.
Perth recorded 126.6mm of rain last month, the wettest start to winter since 2012 but on par with the city’s long-term average for June.
The wet weather means the number of fines or warnings was 40 per cent lower than in June last year.
Under WA’s water laws, households across Perth and the State’s south are allowed to use their sprinklers for only two rostered days a week. A total ban applies during winter.
Fines can be issued if sighted by a Water Corp inspector, and a written warning if reported by a member of the public.
Since the start of the year, Water Corp has issued 2043 fines and 2750 warnings to households which breached sprinkler restrictions or rosters. Over the same period in 2017, there were 2669 fines and 3109 warnings.
“It is pleasing to see a reduction in the number of warnings and infringements issued across Perth,” Water Minister Dave Kelly said.
“As climate change continues to severely impact rainfall in the south-west corner of WA, it is crucial we all look for ways to reduce our water use.”
Perth’s dams have received an estimated 6.1 billion litres of streamflow since the start of May. Before 1975, dams would have received about 57 billion litres over the same period.
People can report a possible breach of the winter sprinkler ban at watercorporation. com.au/breach or by telephone on 131 039.