Watering restrictions start May 1

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  • Starting on May 1, seasonal regulations go into effect limiting lawn watering to one day
    per week for Vancouver homes and businesses. These watering restrictions remain in
    place until October 15 and help conserve drinking water during our hotter, drier months.
    Watering outside these times could result in a $250 fine.

    Even with watering restrictions, regional water use almost doubles in the summer due
    to lawn and garden watering. Last year, watering restrictions were enhanced across
    Metro Vancouver due to more unpredictable weather patterns and snow melt from
    climate change, and to secure ongoing supply of the region’s drinking water. Vancouver
    has strong outreach and enforcement programs in place to support reduced use of
    drinking water across the region which peaks during summer.

    Permitted watering times

    Lawns in Vancouver generally need only one inch of water for one hour each week,
    including rainfall, to stay healthy and green. Lawns can also go ‘golden’ if not watered
    as they enter a dormant state and return lush in the fall during rain. Residents can
    check their permitted watering through the
    Van311 app or online.

    Stage 1 Residential lawn watering allowed:

    Evennumbered addresses: Saturdays automatic watering between 5:00 am
    and 7:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

    Oddnumbered addresses: Sundays automatic watering between 5:00 am and
    7:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

    Trees, shrubs, and flowers can be watered with a sprinkler any day between 5:00
    am and 9:00 am, or any time by hand or using drip irrigation.

    Stage 1 Nonresidential lawn watering allowed:

    Evennumbered addresses: Mondays automatic watering between 4:00 am
    and 6:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

    Oddnumbered addresses: Tuesdays automatic watering between 4:00 am
    and 6:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

    Trees, shrubs, and flowers can be watered with a sprinkler any day between 4:00
    am and 9:00 am, or any time by hand or using drip irrigation.

    Background

    Watering restrictions are enacted through Vancouver’s
    Drinking Water Conservation
    Bylaw #12086
    . These restrictions help ensure there is enough treated drinking water
    for essential tasks like cooking, cleaning and drinking during the dry summer months.
    Our water system was built to work with annual patterns of rain and snow in our
    climate, but our climate is changing and our need for water is growing. With summer
    demand for drinking water increasing, and fewer rainy days, the region is becoming
    more susceptible to droughts and less available drinking water each year.
    Learn how
    you can reduce your water consumption.

     

     

     

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