Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

THE Department of Water has implemented a permanent winter sprinkler ban – but the City of Bayswater is still allowed to water with sprinklers, under certain exemptions.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said the City was committed to water conservation and had made significant investments in irrigation efficiency, water recycling and grouping together plants with similar water requirements (know as “hydrozoning”) in parks.

“But during winter, local governments can still operate sprinkler systems to maintain active sporting areas and keep irrigation systems in working order,” he said.

“Groundwater quality is also poor in some areas and requires regular flushing of the irrigation systems to prevent corrosion and blockages.

“This ensures these areas are kept to a high standard and are safe to be enjoyed by the public.”

During the winter sprinkler ban, local governments are allowed to:
• Maintain and test reticulation systems (including flushing systems to prevent blockages).
• Water new lawns, gardens or grass-covered sporting grounds for up to 28 days to help them become established.
• Apply fertilisers, pesticides or wetting agents and undertake vertimowing (removing excess build-up of thatch).
• Water active sporting areas including ovals, golf course tees and greens, turf wickets and bowling greens.

“If people see sprinklers being operated by the City of Bayswater during the winter months, they should first consider whether it’s for regular maintenance activities and within the winter sprinkler ban guidelines.”

To view the Water Agencies (Water Use) By-Laws 2010, go to

sprinkler1-2: City of Bayswater reticulation team leader Andrew Knighton testing an irrigation system, which is still allowed despite the winter sprinkler ban.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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