Lawn Watering Regulations

 

Our water use can increase by 50% in summer and early fall, largely due to lawn watering. The region‑wide watering regulations are an effective way to help us use our drinking water wisely.

 

Lawn Watering Regulations are in effect May 1 to October 15

Stage 1 Residential lawn Watering allowed:

Even-numbered addresses on Saturdays
Odd-numbered addresses on Sundays

  • Automatic watering: 5 am - 7 am
  • Manual watering: 6 am - 9 am

Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day from 5 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Edible plants are exempt from regulations

Stage 1 Non-residential lawn Watering allowed:

Even-numbered addresses on Mondays
Odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays

  • Automatic watering: 4 am - 6 am
  • Manual watering: 6 am - 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. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Edible plants are exempt from regulations


The full list of water use regulations for homes, businesses, governments and schools for Stages 1 to 4 is available in the Drinking Water Conservation Plan Summary document.

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.

 

Municipal Enforcement

Contact information for municipal enforcement of the watering regulations.