What Does This Mean?
The Water Corp have announced the annual Winter sprinkler ban for South West WA which will be in place from 1st of June to the 31st of August 2014. This ban applied to all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the South West. This means that for the next 3 months, any automatic irrigation system use is banned and the only way you are allowed to water your garden is with hand held watering. If you get caught using your retic system over winter the fine is $100 and they will be out there checking.
What Do I Need To Do?
There are 2 things that you should do now to make sure that the system won’t cause you any headaches. The first thing you need to do is turn your irrigation controller dial from auto to off and if your system has individual station controls, then move the slides to off. If the system is a mains water system, then the second thing you should do is turn the isolation valve off at the mains water outlet. This is generally in a plastic valve box just near your water meter and should have a master solenoid attached and the retic main attached to it. Turning this off minimises the chance of leaks occuring in the system during winter which you will generally only pick up once a massive water bill appears. A malfunctioning irrigation controller is not an excuse for not complying with the winter ban, so if you have shut off the water supply, there should be no problems. Its always a good idea to keep an eye on the retic controller and check it, especially after large blackouts or if there has been a lightening storm. Controllers can sometimes get a mind of their own so don’t set and forget.
For bore water irrigation systems, the rules are slightly different. During the ban period you are allowed to run your system to maintain the valve and pumping equipment. This is especially important for submersible pump owners as the motor in these needs to be operated at least once a week to keep the lubricating fluid inside it coating all the internal surfaces and also frees up the internals of your pump stopping scale and iron build up which will seize it.
So what you need to do is run your pump for 5 minutes maxiumum once a week (you can just have a station set to do this for you) and this will keep everything in a good operating condition ready for spring when you need it.
For all other areas of the state, normal watering rosters apply but feel free to call us on 9721 3577 to discuss how the ban effects you or if you are having any issues with your irrigation system.