Winter is well and truly here and that means it’s time to take a well-deserved rest from watering your garden. While that much is true, it seems not everyone knows the ins and outs of what the winter irrigation ban for Western Australia entails.

Not sure what you can and can’t do with your garden’s irrigation this winter?

Worry not because the Perth irrigation specialists at LHP Landscaping + Joel Irrigation have the answers to your questions.

Read on to find out more.


What is the winter irrigation ban?


From the 1st of June until the 31st of August, the Water Corporation implements and enforces a strict ban on watering your gardens. This means you can cop a fine of $100 if you get caught doing so.


Are all properties in Western Australia included in this ban?


The ban (otherwise referred to as the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off) applies to all scheme and bore water uses within the Perth metropolitan area, Mandurah region, as well as some parts of the South West and Great Southern.

Both businesses and residential households are included in this ban.

If you want to double check that your property is included, you can find out on the Water Corporation website.


How do I switch off my reticulation for the winter?


Fortunately, most reticulation controllers are straightforward to switch off.

All you need to do is turn the dial to the off position. Not working? Refer to your manual or call LHP Landscaping + Joel Irrigation to turn it off for you.

I have a bore – am I included in the ban?

Bore owners must still abide by switching off and stopping your regular watering days. However, you’re still allowed to briefly run the system weekly to avoid the bore system seizing up.

The keyword here is briefly!


I’m trying to establish a new lawn or garden – am I exempt?


No homeowner, commercial property owner or tenant is automatically exempt from the winter irrigation ban. You can, however, apply for a temporary exemption.

What does this mean?

  • With a temporary exemption you can water your new lawn and garden between 9am and 6pm,
  • Outside your rostered watering days and during the winter irrigation switch off period.

Applying is easy online through the Water Corporation website or calling the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.


Is it worth getting my reticulation serviced during winter?


Yes – absolutely! Winter is a slow period for many reticulation technicians.

So, save yourself the hassle of servicing in peak, summer conditions and get a new system installed or an existing system repaired this winter.

LHP Landscaping + Joel Irrigation have the answers


At LHP Landscaping + Joel Irrigation we understand water is a natural resource that must be preserved whenever and wherever possible.

All of our residential and commercial landscaping, irrigation and reticulation services have this value at the forefront.

We can help you save water and create beautiful gardens.


Need help with irrigation and landscaping in Perth?

Contact LHP Landscaping + Joel Irrigation today for help creating and maintaining beautiful and affordable residential and commercial gardens.