People watering their lawn using a sprinkler

Understanding water restriction levels

Water restrictions: Stage 1 in effect

Water restrictions are part of the regional Water Shortage Response Plan set by Metro Vancouver. 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.

Note If you water your lawn outside of designated times and don't have a permit, you could be fined $250.00. 

Lawn watering restrictions

Residential lawn watering

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Residential lawn watering

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Mon. / Weds. / Sat.
4am - 9am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. / Thurs. / Sun.
4am - 9am ONLY

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Mon. 4am - 9am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Thurs. 4am - 9am ONLY

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Non-residential lawn watering

Water restrictions level 1 Water restrictions level 2 Water restrictions level 3 Water restrictions level 4
Residential lawn watering

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Mon. / Weds.
1am - 6am and
Fri. 4am - 9am

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. / Thurs.
1am - 6am and
Fri. 4am - 9am

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Weds. 1am - 6am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. 1am - 6am ONLY

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Unsure about your home or business?

Use our 'Can I water?' tool to find rules for your address.

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Alert us of water waste

Tell us about water use outside the allowed times.

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Other water use restrictions

Gardens, shrubs, trees

Water restrictions level 1 Water restrictions level 2 Water restrictions level 3 Water restrictions level 4
Flowers and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs, and trees

Allowed

No restrictions

Allowed

No restrictions

Restricted

Hand or spring-loaded shut-off nozzle ONLY

Prohibited

No watering allowed

Car and boat washing

Water restrictions level 1 Water restrictions level 2 Water restrictions level 3 Water restrictions level 4
Outdoor car washing and boat washing

Restricted

Spring-loaded shut-off nozzle ONLY

Restricted

Spring-loaded shut-off nozzle ONLY

Prohibited

For safety ONLY
(mirrors, windows, licence plate)
Commercial car washes open

Prohibited

For safety ONLY
(mirrors, windows, licence plate)
Commercial car washes close

Surface and power washing

Water restrictions level 1 Water restrictions level 2 Water restrictions level 3 Water restrictions level 4
Private and commercial pressure washing

Allowed

No restrictions

Restricted

For safety or painting prep ONLY.
Commercial companies exempt.

Restricted

For safety or painting prep ONLY.
Commercial companies exempt.

Prohibited

Not allowed unless ordered by a regulatory authority

Most lawns only need about one inch of water per week, including rainfall. This is equal to one hour of watering.

Water exemption permits

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. Find out how to apply.

Our drinking water comes from rain and snowmelt collected in the Capilano, Seymour, and Coquitlam watersheds. The restrictions help to ensure that we have treated water so everyone can meet their water needs during the dry summer months.

With population growth and climate change, there is increasing pressure on our water supply. By being water wise in your garden, you can be part of the solution and have a beautiful landscape.

Feeling keen? Cut your outdoor water use even before the next stage comes by ordering a rain barrel.

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