The City's sporting ovals are used by a wide range of sporting clubs.
The turf surfaces of sporting ovals are meet appropriate industry standards, such as SAA HB49.2 Sporting Facilities. To achieve these standards, the City regularly tests soil and turf to assist with the management of the sports ovals. The City also measures:
- Fertiliser requirements by analysing soil and plant leaf tissue to measure type and amount of fertiliser required
- The amount of evaporation and transpiration of turf grass to guide watering
- Thatch and organic fines to guide our renovation programs
- The actual colour and vigour of sports grass using satellites.
The City is recognised as a Waterwise Council and uses state of the art irrigation technology to track and control the amount of water used in our parks and reserves.
The City waters between the hours of 6pm to 9am. Every effort is made to water popular areas during the early hours of the morning or later in the evening.
Routine maintenance of our irrigation systems is undertaken to maintain an efficient system. At times, these works need to be carried out during day time hours, however every effort will be made to minimise disruption to park users.
The City’s irrigation technology measures:
- Ground water extraction using flow meters
- The amount of evaporation and transpiration of turf grass and replenishes just what is needed by the grass to survive
- Infiltration of water into the soil so watering doesn’t drain past the grass roots
- Soil moisture, so water is only added when the soil is dry
- Water repellence of the soil
- The actual colour and vigour of sports grass using satellites so that the grass is not too green, yellow or brown.
These facts have been collected for over a decade and the data is analysed to develop our park watering programs.
Why do the park sprinklers run for so long?
All the sprinklers at a park don't come on at once. Each park has a number of stations that operate individually due to the capacity of the bore and pump. Most parks have more than ten stations that run for a set amount of time. Each sprinkler may only rotate once or twice during this time.
Local Governments do not have set watering days, rather an annual allocation of bore water they can use as determined by the Department of Water. The City’s allocation is 7,500Kl per hectare of grassed or landscaped reserve area, which equates to 750mm of irrigation per year.
The City constantly monitors and reviews its bore water usage to ensure that we remain a Waterwise Council.
For more information on how to save water, please visit the Water Corporation's website.