Our water use
Perth and South Western Australia face a drying climate and uncertain water future, so water conservation has never been more important. On this page, you’ll find information about actions the City of Belmont is taking to save water – and what you can do to help.
Watering days (1 September to 31 May)
To help preserve water resources, the days on which you can water your property are determined by climatic conditions in the region, whether you have a bore and your street number. For further information visit the Water Corporation website.
Winter Sprinkler Ban: 1 June to 31 August
Between 1 June and 31 August a full winter sprinkler ban is in effect. This means:
- You cannot water your lawn and gardens using a scheme or bore water sprinkler system during this time. Please note, there are financial penalties if you are found irrigating during the winter sprinkler ban;
- You can hand water your garden using a hose and you can test your sprinkler systems and flush your bores – but where possible it is best to keep this to a minimum and let the winter rains water your garden for you;
- The City of Belmont must also comply with the winter sprinkler ban, including irrigating parks and recreational areas. Most of the City’s irrigation systems will be shut off during the winter sprinkler ban and will only be run for testing. Sporting reserves can be irrigated to help with turf maintenance and events, but this will only happen when necessary.
If you need further information on the winter sprinkler ban, including what is and is not permitted, visit the Water Corporation
or the Department of Water
websites or phone the City of Belmont on 9477 7222.
How to be more Waterwise
On average, residents in the City of Belmont consume approximately 84,000 litres of drinking water each per year. This is significantly below the targeted average of 125,000 litres, and a great achievement by City residents. Water is generally used in the home for cooking, cleaning and general consumption; however a large proportion is also used in the garden. You can still contribute to a secure water future by being Waterwise and taking shorter showers or planting a water-efficient garden. There are many steps you can take to reduce your water use at home or even in your business.
For a range of water-saving ideas, visit:
The City as a Waterwise Council
A drying climate puts our surface water (such as dams) and groundwater supplies at risk, which means there is less water to support our community’s health and lifestyles.
The City recognises its commitment as a Waterwise leader through implementing its Water Efficiency Action Plan 2016 - 2021 and ensuring community centres, public open spaces and operations follow Waterwise practices.
The City has been able to maintain water consumption at a fairly steady level, which is a significant achievement in a drying climate with a growing population.
1 kL = 1,000 L
The City’s Waterwise actions and objectives help to identify where the City uses water in its operations and find new opportunities to be water-efficient.
For example, the graph below shows that the City has 31 water accounts which supply water to buildings used for aged care or residences. These consumed 33% of the City’s total potable water use. This means Waterwise actions can be tailored specifically to help each facility use water as efficiently as possible.
The City of Belmont community is also known as being Waterwise, with water use per person during 2018/19 being approximately 84 kL per person. This already achieves the City’s and the Water Corporation's goal of keeping water use below 125 kL per person, as shown below.