Bore users nabbed flouting restrictions
Released 09 Dec 2010
Almost a thousand garden bore users in the Perth metropolitan area have been caught breaching restrictions in the past two months.
Since the beginning of October the Department of Water has issued 220 infringements for bore owners directly observed breaching restrictions by Water Corporation officers in the field.
The department said a further 405 Warning Notices have been issued to customers as result of "dob ins ".
"Another 326 Warning Notices have been issued in instances where the sprinklers were not witnessed, however it was clearly evident from patrol officers, they had been used earlier in the day," Department of Water A/Director Water Resource Management Greg Davis said.
"Whilst it can be difficult for our staff managing infringement objections , these actions are achieving positive results in terms of gaining broader community support and changing individual customer behaviours to be more water efficient.
Mr Davis said the department was not fining people for testing bores systems.
"Customers testing bores during the winter sprinkler ban raised a number of issues, and to overcome them we made a decision that testing can only be carried out on one of their allocated three days," he said.
"However, testing of bores under the normal three-day a week roster is permitted outside the watering days.
"This has resulted in a number of infringement and warning notices not being issued on the basis that we were satisfied that the customer might be testing."
The dry season meant everybody must consider the amount of water they use, and how they use it, Mr Davis said.
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