Brighton Third Pipe Scheme

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This third pipe scheme supplies properties in Brighton with non-drinking water to irrigate their lawn and garden. The scheme was taken over by Water Corporation in late 2015 from developer, Satterley. Third pipe schemes save our precious drinking water supplies by using other water sources for irrigation. The water supplied must only be used for watering lawn and garden through the automatic garden irrigation system. Water from this service is not to be used for anything else.


This page is where the Brighton community can learn more about the scheme. Please register today to have your say and get involved in the conversation. We can test ideas, hear your feedback and raise awareness via:

  • Keeping updated in the News Feed below. You are able to comment on these updates.
  • The FAQs on the right hand side of this page.
  • The key documents relevant to the Brighton Third Pipe Scheme are available in the Document Library and Important Links sections on the right hand side of this page.
  • The Guestbook tab below is for you to leave your thoughts on the project at any time. These will be published for others to view.
  • Quick polls and/or surveys for you to complete.

How to contact us

As always, you are welcome to speak to us in person if you have any questions or concerns about the operation of the scheme on 13 13 75.

It is important that all customer enquiries are now managed through 13 13 75 (and not our contractors), to ensure we record your contact and resolve it as quickly and efficiently as possible.


This third pipe scheme supplies properties in Brighton with non-drinking water to irrigate their lawn and garden. The scheme was taken over by Water Corporation in late 2015 from developer, Satterley. Third pipe schemes save our precious drinking water supplies by using other water sources for irrigation. The water supplied must only be used for watering lawn and garden through the automatic garden irrigation system. Water from this service is not to be used for anything else.


This page is where the Brighton community can learn more about the scheme. Please register today to have your say and get involved in the conversation. We can test ideas, hear your feedback and raise awareness via:

  • Keeping updated in the News Feed below. You are able to comment on these updates.
  • The FAQs on the right hand side of this page.
  • The key documents relevant to the Brighton Third Pipe Scheme are available in the Document Library and Important Links sections on the right hand side of this page.
  • The Guestbook tab below is for you to leave your thoughts on the project at any time. These will be published for others to view.
  • Quick polls and/or surveys for you to complete.

How to contact us

As always, you are welcome to speak to us in person if you have any questions or concerns about the operation of the scheme on 13 13 75.

It is important that all customer enquiries are now managed through 13 13 75 (and not our contractors), to ensure we record your contact and resolve it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  • Scheme switch-off for Winter

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    Winter sprinkler switch off from 1 June, 2021 to 1 September, 2021

    From Tuesday, 1 June 2021 the Brighton third pipe scheme will be switched off for Winter.

    By switching off sprinklers in the metro area and letting the rain take care of our gardens instead, we can save almost 5 billion litres of water over winter.

    Annual winter maintenance program

    While the scheme is switched off over winter, we will carry out our annual maintenance program through our contractor, New Ground.

    This planned maintenance work may require entry into your property. All Water Corporation employees and contractors enter private property with care and caution and endeavour to minimise disruption where possible.

    To protect your reticulation system and controller box while the scheme is off, our contractors will switch the irrigation controller on the side of your house to ‘off’. Please keep your irrigation controller set to ‘off’ for the remainder of the winter switch-off period.

    If you are no longer using the third pipe scheme, we encourage you to keep your controller to ‘off’ mode.

    We will send you another notification in August as we prepare to switch on the scheme for spring.

  • Scheme switch-on for spring

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    Throughout August, we will be checking and resetting irrigation controllers connected to the Brighton Third Pipe Scheme. This way the system will be ready to water gardens when it heats up in spring. We encourage everyone to keep their irrigation controller switched off as long as possible and operate the system manually until gardens need regular watering.

    If you are no longer using the third pipe scheme, we encourage you to keep your controller in ‘Off’ mode.

    Routine maintenance

    We have just undertaken some routine maintenance of the system that involved cleaning out the pipes and bores ready for spring.

    Test your sprinklers

    From Tuesday 1 September, you will be able to turn on your irrigation controller by switching the mode from ‘Off’ to ‘Auto Run’. The timer will be programmed for your scheduled watering days and times.

    As with all irrigation systems, a long period of inactivity may cause blockages to sprinkler heads or damage to pipe work.

    You can test your sprinklers on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 11am.

    For all Brighton third pipe scheme queries, replacements or complaints please contact 13 13 75 or visit watercorporation.com.au/thirdpipe


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