About the watering restrictions
Why restrictions are needed in rainy Vancouver
While the Vancouver area gets a lot of rain, the Lower Mainland has limited water storage capacity.
Much of the rainfall and melted snow in the Capilano and Seymour watersheds can't be collected for later use during dry weather conditions.
Years ago this wasn't a problem, but recent population growth in the Lower Mainland has led to increased demand for water.
The Metro Vancouver regional district has implemented sprinkling regulations to avoid more restrictive measures in case of drought.
What happens if you water outside of the permitted times
The City of Vancouver recognizes that in some cases the regulations may not provide your lawn with enough water. If you have a new lawn or you are using nematodes to treat your lawn for European Chafer Beetles, you can apply for a water exemption permit.
If you water your lawn outside of designated times and don't have a permit, you could be fined $250. The City actively patrols for violations.
What exactly is restricted?
The restrictions have four stages based on the seriousness of the water shortage (60 KB).
Currently, the City of Vancouver is at Stage 2. See the table below for information about the specific restrictions for this stage.
These restrictions apply only to the use of treated drinking water. Using rain water, gray water, or any forms of recycled water isn't restricted.