WSRP Public Feedback Form

Metro Vancouver is updating the region’s Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP), often publicized as the Sprinkling Regulations, although many other water uses are included.

In fall 2015, Metro Vancouver began a review of the WSRP with local governments, businesses, and the public to ensure the plan meets its purpose of reducing water use during periods of high demand and during water shortages, and to clarify and potentially adjust plan objectives, the restrictions, and the rationale for moving from one stage to another. The WSRP was amended in February 2016 to address immediate concerns.

A broader update is now proposed and feedback is requested from local governments, businesses, and the public on the proposed changes. Feedback is open until January 31, 2017. More information on the Water Shortage Response Plan update is available here, including opportunities to attend a public dialogue on the proposed changes.

We encourage you to review the rationale for proposed changes to the watering restrictions before providing feedback.

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Municipality:

If you represent a business affected by updates to the WSRP, please select an option from the menu below.

1. Activating Stage 1 (the default regulation in place every year) two weeks earlier to May 1 (from May 15 in 2016).
Please provide a comment explaining why you support, support with conditions, or do not support the proposed change.

2. Lawn watering to be reduced to two mornings per week (currently three mornings per week).
Please provide a comment explaining why you support, support with conditions, or do not support the proposed change.

3. Aligning watering of trees, shrubs, and flowers (specifically with a sprinkler) to morning lawn watering hours. Food plants are exempt, and hand watering and drip irrigation is allowed anytime (currently no restrictions on watering trees, flowers and shrubs with a sprinkler).
Please provide a comment explaining why you support, support with conditions, or do not support the proposed change.

4. Restricting watering school fields to 7 pm to 9 am any day in Stage 1, 4 days per week in Stage 2 and 3 days per week in Stage 3 (currently no restrictions).
Please provide a comment explaining why you support, support with conditions, or do not support the proposed change.

5. Watering golf course fairways to be allowed, in Stages 2 and 3, if operating under a local government approved water management plan that demonstrates overall water use will be less than if watering occurred within times set by the WSRP. Otherwise, golf courses continue to follow the restrictions in the WSRP (currently follow the default restrictions).
Please provide a comment explaining why you support, support with conditions, or do not support the proposed change.

6. Commercial car washing restricted to only those with an automatic system that recirculates water, or a high-pressure wand facility in Stage 3 (currently no restrictions).
Please provide a comment explaining why you support, support with conditions, or do not support the proposed change.

7. Topping up or filling of hotel, strata, and private club pools and hot tubs, which require a health authority permit to operate, will be allowed in Stage 3 (currently prohibited).
Please provide a comment explaining why you support, support with conditions, or do not support the proposed change.

8. Please provide any additional comments about the proposed changes to the Water Shortage Response Plan.