Code of Practice for Irrigated Public Open Space (IPOS)

The Code of Practice for Irrigated Public Open Space (IPOS) provides a template which can be used by open space managers to ensure the planning, management and reporting of water consumption in the urban environment is based on sound principles applied consistently at all levels of management. The Code can be used by providers, practitioners, and regulating authorities to set policy, manage resources and regulate water use in the provision of irrigated public open space. The Code provides a management framework for best practice turf and irrigation management for all irrigated public open space, including that managed by local government, the education sector and other IPOS managers. It forms the basis by which the industry can demonstrate efficient, effective resource management. A commitment to managing irrigation is the first and most critical step to realising water efficient irrigation practices. While the principles contained within the Code can be applied to all aspects of irrigated public open space, the Code specifically addresses irrigated turf rather than trees, landscape and ornamental gardens. The aim of the Code is to provide the tools and reporting models necessary to implement best practice irrigation management in the provision of public open space.



Geographic Coverage

South Australia


The Code of Practice was first produced in 2007 (File 212-0-IPOS_Code_of_Practice.pdf). A revised version was published in 2015 (File CoP_IPOS_2015).

From the Code, IPOS Consulting Pty Ltd developed models for irrigation efficiency reporting (file attached) and irrigation scheduling, that are widely used across Adelaide and are able to be used nationally for all BoM automatic weather stations.



SA Water and Local Government Association of South Australia with IPOS Consulting


South Australia Water