Metro Vancouver's lawn watering regulations will come into effect Tuesday, May 1 and remain in place until October 15, to conserve treated drinking water during the hot and dry summer months. The Stage 1 regulations are being activated two weeks earlier than last year, as part of Metro Vancouver's new Drinking Water Conservation Plan.Residents can water their lawn two mornings per week, down from three, with additional adjustments related to watering trees, shrubs and flowers with a sprinkler. An hour of rain or watering per week is all the water you need for a healthy lawn."Water conservation is not just about water shortages – it's imperative that we use water wisely all year round, both indoors and outdoors," said Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver's Utilities Committee. "With a growing population and the effects of climate change, conserving water every day is the right thing to do."Recent snowpack surveys conducted in the Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam watersheds in March 2018 found that both the depth and water equivalent of the current snowpack are more than 120 percent of the historical average for this time of year. While snowpack is important, Metro Vancouver's drinking water supply does not solely depend on it – cumulative precipitation contributes to the water levels in the three reservoirs that supply our drinking water."Activating our lawn watering regulations earlier in the season, coupled with an above-average snowpack in our watersheds, puts us in a good position for the coming summer," said Darrell Mussatto. "The annual regulations on outdoor water use have consistently proven to effectively conserve water and lessen the demand on the region's water transmission system during the driest part of the year."Although the region's population continues to grow, overall water demand has remained relatively steady over the past several years. However, overall consumption is forecast to increase gradually in the coming years as the effect of the rate of population growth on water demands exceeds the per capita water use reductions.Metro Vancouver's Drinking Water Conservation Plan underwent two years of consultation with member jurisdictions, businesses and the public. The plan regulates how residents, businesses and local governments use drinking water in the summer months or during periods of water shortages. In extreme drought or unusually high demand for water, Metro Vancouver has the ability to implement higher stages of the Drinking Water Conservation Plan, if necessary.Local governments throughout Metro Vancouver enforce the lawn watering restrictions through local bylaw regulations.       To help people maintain a healthy lawn while conserving water, Metro Vancouver has released a Waterwise Lawn Care guide, which is available online and as a brochure. Search "Lawn Care" on www.metrovancouver.org. Lawn Watering Regulations are in effect May 1 to October 15STAGE 1 RESIDENTIAL LAWN WATERING ALLOWED:Even-numbered addresses Wednesday, Saturday mornings 4 am to 9 am Odd-numbered addresses Thursday, Sunday mornings 4 am to 9 am Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day, from 4 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.STAGE 1 NON-RESIDENTIAL LAWN WATERING ALLOWED:Even-numbered addresses Monday mornings 1 am to 6 am and Friday mornings, 4 am to 9 am Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday mornings 1 am to 6 am and Friday mornings, 4 am to 9 am Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day, from 1 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.Watering exemption permits for European Chafer Beetle are available from your municipality, and are required in order to water outside of the regulations.