Our water use can increase by 50% in summer and early fall, 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 watering regulations are an effective way to help us use our drinking water wisely.
Metro Vancouver has updated the Water Shortage Response Plan with a new plan, called the
Drinking Water Conservation Plan, active as of May 1, 2018.
It includes changes to the water use regulations, and largely impacts the watering of lawns and gardens, playing fields and golf courses, and the operation of commercial car washes and pools.
Lawn Watering Regulations are in effect May 1 to October 15
Stage 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.
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.
Municipal contact information for enforcement and watering regulations
|Engineering & Public Works||Coquitlam||604-927-3500|
|Lawn Watering Regulation Information & Complaints||Delta||604-946-4141|
|Engineering Operations||New Westminster||604-526-4691|
|Engineering, Parks & Environment||North Vancouver City||604-983-7333|
|General Enquiries||North Vancouver District||604-990-2311|
|Bylaw Enforcement||Pitt Meadows||604-465-2445|
|Bylaw Enforcement||Port Moody||604-469-4697|
|Lawn Watering Regulation Information and Complaints||Richmond||604-276-4355|
|By-law Call Centre (active violations)||Surrey||604-591-4370|
|Engineering Department (past violations, general information)||Surrey||604-591-4340|
|General Enquiries||Tsawwassen First Nation||604-943-2112|
Other municipalities that don't receive Metro Vancouver water |
| ||Bowen Island||604-947-4255|
| ||Lions Bay||604-921-9333|
|City of White Rock||White Rock||604-541-2181|
In addition to lawn watering regulations, there are other water use restrictions when Stage 1 of the Drinking Water Conservation Plan is active.
Some examples are:
- Outdoor car washing and boat washing with a hose with spring-loaded shut off nozzle only
- Watering new, unestablished lawns outside of regulated times requires a municipal permit
- Golf course operators requested to cut water use on fairways as much as possible
- Watering school yards and sports fields from 7 pm to 9 am any day
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 watering 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 lawn watering 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 lawn watering regulations.