Active playing surfaces

Saving water is everyone's responsibility. From 11 December 2010, Permanent Conservation Measures water restrictions apply to all residences and businesses connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply and to the town water supplies within the Greenmount Service area which includes Greenmount, Cambooya, Vale View, Wyreema and Hodgson Vale.

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used for the watering of active playing surfaces except where the watering is in accordance with the Active Playing Surface Guidelines.

Guidelines for non-turf sports

This guideline applies to non-turf sporting activities that use town water, not for irrigation, but for safety or other reasons (e.g. dust suppression, track maintenance and synthetic surfaces).

These activities referred to, under the definition of an active playing surface include, but are not limited to sports such as BMX, motorcycling, equestrian and pony clubs, as well as hockey fields using synthetic surfaces. The preparation and maintenance of turf cricket wickets and the irrigation of golf greens and tees, lawn bowls rinks, and croquet courts is also included in this category.

Requirements

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on Non-turf or other playing surfaces except where the following conditions apply:

  • the active playing surface has been registered with council
  • if directed, a council approved sign is displayed on the premises
  • a water meter has been installed to specifically measure and monitor the amount of town water used on the playing surface; and
  • a weekly log book of town water consumption is kept and is available for inspection upon request.

Watering times

In addition to these requirements, specific watering times and other restrictions apply to the Non-turf and Other Sports category as set out below:

  • Cricket wicket blocks - Cricket wicket blocks any day between 4:00pm and 10:00am AND for a maximum of 6 hours per week per turf wicket block
  • Golf - Any day between 8:00pm and 5:00am AND for a maximum of 9 hours per week
  • Lawn bowls, croquet - Tuesday to Sunday between 4pm and 10am AND for a maximum of 2 hours per surface per week WITH an additional one hour per fortnight using a hand held hose with trigger nozzle, or efficient irrigation system to water in chemicals. 
  • Other sports (Eg:

     BMX track, synthetic hockey field) - 

    Water immediately prior to use.

Related documents

 

Guidelines for local sports (turf surfaces)

This guideline applies to local sports fields with turf surfaces catering to Senior, Junior, Amateurs and any other grades of sporting competitions.  This category does not apply to turfed cricket wickets, golf greens and tees, croquet courts and bowling greens.

Turf-based playing surfaces include, but are not limited to the following sports: Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Softball, Baseball, Football (Soccer) and Touch Football.

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on turf-based playing surfaces except where the following conditions apply:

  1. the active playing surface has been registered with the relevant water service provider
  2. a water meter has been installed to specifically measure and monitor the amount of town water used for the irrigation of playing surfaces
  3. the playing surface is used for competitive activities for more than 5 hours per week during the season
  4. a site assessment has been undertaken and a volumetric allocation has been received from the water service provider
  5. irrigation is conducted between Tuesday to Sunday between 4pm and 10am
  6. the details of all irrigation events are recorded in a log book and are available for inspection upon request; and
  7. if directed, a water service provider approved sign is displayed on the premises.

Watering times

Between Tuesday and Sunday before 10.00am – after 4.00pm.

Site assessment

As part of registration, a site assessment must be conducted to determine the volumetric allocation for each playing surface. For  further information contact us and ask to speak with our WaterWise technical officer.

Related documents

 

Guidelines for schools

The Active Playing Surfaces Guidelines apply to all schools using reticulated (town) water to irrigate playing surfaces such as sporting ovals. Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used except where the following conditions apply:

  1. The active playing surface has been registered with council
  2. There is access to a water meter that can measure and monitor the amount of water used for the irrigation of playing surfaces
  3. Watering is conducted using a handheld hose, sprinkler, pop-up delivery systems, or efficient irrigation system during the following times:
    • Tuesday to Sunday
    • Between 4pm and 10am
    • For a maximum of four hours per week.
  4. If directed, a council approved sign is displayed on the premises; and 
  5. The details of all irrigation events are recorded in a log book and are available for inspection upon request. Public schools are required to register each play surface area to be watered individually with council. In addition to recording the details of all irrigation events, schools are required to maintain a weekly log of total town water consumption at the school. Refer to Related Documents below for the relevant Registration form, Guide to registration and Log book template for schools.

Schools, including public schools, may apply to be considered as a Major Sports or Local Sports playing surface where dedicated water management practices are applied including:

  • automated irrigation systems with controller mechanisms, such as moisture sensors; and
  • dedicated maintenance procedures (such as aeration and application of wetting agents, regular checks for leaks in equipment); and
  • regular record keeping to ensure effective and efficient water use for the irrigation of their active playing surfaces.

If a school wishes to be considered in this category, the school will be required to complete the requirements of the Major Sports categories. This is additional to any existing WEMP requirements (i.e. if a school consumes more than 10 ML/year). These playing surfaces should also be considered for their level of activity and significance, and frequency of use for major competitive events.

  • Public schools are requested to contact the Department of Education, Training and the Arts for advice on whether consideration in the Major Sports or Local Sports categories is appropriate.
  • Non-government schools should contact council directly for further information and advice on consideration in the Major Sports or Local Sports categories. 

 

Guidelines for child care centres

The Active Playing Surface Guidelines apply to all child care centres using reticulated (town) water to irrigate playing surfaces, such as grassed soft fall surfaces. 

Water from the reticulated (town) supply system is not permitted to be used on grassed soft fall surfaces at child care centres except where the watering is performed at the following times using a handheld hose with a trigger or twist action nozzle, or alternatively an efficient irrigation system:

  • Tuesday to Sunday before 10am and after 4pm for a maximum of six hours per week.

 Child care centres are NOT required to:

  • Register as an active playing surface with council
  • Install a dedicated water meter to measure water used to irrigate their active playing surface(s) 
  • Display a council approved sign on the premises 
  • Keep a weekly log book of town water consumption

 

Ongoing maintenance of turf-based playing surfaces

Playing surface managers must be aware that irrigation is not the only requirement for maintaining playing surfaces and other appropriate management measures will need to be adopted. Managers must adopt a holistic approach to the management of their playing surfaces with an emphasis on other management measures such as:

  • Aeration
  • Fertilisation
  • Soil moisture monitoring
  • Irrigation system auditing

If you wish to obtain a copy of the Active Playing Surface Guidelines please contact Council.

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