Lawn Sprinkling Regulations

In the summer and early fall our water use can double from the rest of the year for swimming pools, growing food, maintaining sports fields and other social and community-building uses. But a lot is also used to green our lawns, wash our decks or driveways and other lower-priority uses. The region-wide sprinkling regulations are an effective way to help us use our drinking water wisely.

Sprinkling Regulations are in effect May 15 to October 15

Residential lawn sprinkling allowed:

Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday, Saturday mornings 4 am to 9 am
Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday mornings 4 am to 9 am

Non-residential lawn sprinkling allowed:

Even-numbered addresses Monday, Wednesday mornings 1 am to 6 am
Odd-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday mornings 1 am to 6 am
All non-residential addresses Friday mornings, 4 am to 9 am

 An hour of rain or sprinkling per week is all you need for a healthy lawn. 

 

  • Municipal contact information for enforcement and sprinkling regulations
    Contact Municipality Number
    General EnquiriesAnmore604-469-9877
    General EnquiriesBelcarra604-937-4100
    EngineeringBurnaby604-293-6528
    Engineering & Public WorksCoquitlam604-927-3500
    Sprinkling Regulation Information & ComplaintsDelta604-946-4141
    General EnquiriesUEL604-660-1808
    EngineeringLangley City604-514-2997
    EngineeringLangley Township604-533-6006
    OperationsMaple Ridge604-463-9581
    Engineering OperationsNew Westminster604-526-4691
    Engineering, Parks & EnvironmentNorth Vancouver City604-983-7333
    General EnquiriesNorth Vancouver District604-990-2311
    Bylaw EnforcementPitt Meadows604-465-2445
    EngineeringPort Coquitlam604-927-5420
    Bylaw EnforcementPort Moody604-469-4697
    Sprinkling Regulation Information and ComplaintsRichmond604-276-4355
    By-law Call CentreSurrey604-591-4370
    General EnquiriesTsawwassen First Nation604-943-2112
    General EnquiriesVancouver604-873-7000
    EngineeringWest Vancouver604-925-7020
    Other municipalities that don't receive Metro Vancouver water​ ​ ​
     Bowen Island604-947-4255
     Lions Bay604-921-9333
    EPCOR White Rock Water Inc.White Rock604-536-6112

 

In addition to lawn sprinkling regulations, there are other water use restrictions when Stage 1 of the Water Shortage Response Plan is active.

Some examples are:

  • Outdoor car washing and boat washing with a hose with spring-loaded shut off nozzle only
  • Golf course operators requested to cut water use on fairways as much as possible
  • Artificial turf and outdoor tracks hosed for health and safety only
  • Cemetery lawn operators to use non-residential sprinkling times posted above

These restrictions do not apply to the use of rain water, gray water, any forms of recycled water, or other sources of water outside the GVWD/municipal water supply system.

An hour of rain or sprinkling per week is all the water you need for a healthy lawn. Find more information about how to maintain a healthy lawn throughout the year, while following the sprinkling regulations, with Metro Vancouver's lawn care guide.

A healthy lawn is the best defence against chafer beetle, an invasive insect that has damaged lawns throughout the region. Learn more about chafer beetle and how to treat it within the sprinkling regulations.

 

Brian Minter, local garden specialist on what to expect from a dormant lawn (2015)