The use of water in our gardens and in the City’s parks and streetscapes helps to maintain an attractive community environment. However, with Australia’s water resources reaching critical point, it is up to us all to find the balance between enjoying a green environment and being waterwise.

Residents of the City of Canning enjoy extensive green belts of high quality active sports fields, passive parklands, neighbourhood playgrounds, recreation and environmental reserves and river foreshores.

Canning’s suburbs are filled with gardens, reserves and streetscapes working to provide colour, shade and habitats for local flora and fauna. In order to balance these amenities with saving water, the City is committed to the development of efficient water use.

Why does the City irrigate?

  • Help trees and other plants grow in streetscapes where roads and paving stop water from reaching their roots;
  • Provide amenity throughout the City’s parklands; and
  • Provide designated active sports areas with optimum playing conditions for use by the community.

When does the City use irrigation?

The City irrigates its parks and streetscapes at the coolest and most effective time which is usually at night. The irrigation is mostly run by automated systems, with a small number of hand-shifted sprinklers still in use. With close to 200 parks, the City has reduced the number requiring hand-shifted sprinklers to less than 30. More than 140 are now fully automated.

Why are hand-shifted sprinklers on during the day?

Hand-shifted sprinklers can only be used during specified hours as prescribed by the Water and Rivers Commission. Our staff begin work at daybreak during summer months to ensure compliance with the allocated watering time frames.

Why do I see sprinklers on during the day?

When new turf is installed, day watering is needed to ensure optimum growth and establishment. The water is drawn from ground water bores and usage is kept to a minimum. Day time watering sites are sign-posted.

What about the automated system?

The automated irrigation systems usually operate at night or during early mornings when there is the least amount of evaporation. Once a week, the City tests each large irrigation system to ensure any damaged sprinklers, pipe breakages or leaks are detected and corrected as soon as possible. For these systems to be tested they are turned on during office hours for about three minutes per section which is the minimum time irrigation fitters need to assess a group of sprinklers.

How do I report broken sprinklers?

Please report sprinkler issues using our online irrigation issues in park form.

For further information, follow the links below for information from the Water Corporation of WA:

Waterwise Council

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