Lawn Watering Regulations

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.

Lawn Watering Regulations are in effect May 15 to October 15

Residential lawn Watering 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 Watering 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 watering per week is all you need for a healthy lawn. 

Municipal contact information for enforcement and watering regulations

Contact Municipality Number
General EnquiriesAnmore604-469-9877
General EnquiriesBelcarra604-937-4100
EngineeringBurnaby604-293-6528
Engineering & Public WorksCoquitlam604-927-3500
Lawn Watering 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
Lawn Watering Regulation Information and ComplaintsRichmond604-276-4355
By-law Call Centre (active violations)Surrey604-591-4370
​Engineering Department (past violations, general information)​Surrey​604-591-4340
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
City of White RockWhite Rock604-541-2181

 

In addition to lawn watering 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 lawn watering 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 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.

 

 

 

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