Lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from June 1 to September 30.
- Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.
- Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.
- Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. Monday and Wednesday
- Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday
- All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Friday.
One hour a week is all you really need for a healthy lawn.
Every summer, water use almost doubles (mostly due to outdoor use) while rainfall is at its lowest. On the hottest days, as much as two billion litres of water are used!
Previously, sprinkling was permitted in the mornings and evenings but now is only permitted in the mornings, before 9 am. This is because the demand for water is highest in the evening when most people prepare meals, wash dishes, do laundry, take showers and perform other domestic activities.
By not permitting afternoon or evening sprinkling, this will help flatten the spikes in water consumption and reduce peak demand on the water system.
If businesses and residents continue to conserve water, Metro Vancouver can defer building higher dams, bigger pump stations and larger water mains. Morning-only lawn sprinkling will help minimize additional costs, for both taxpayers and the environment.