Waterwise landscape guidelines

waterwise-landspaceMany urban landscapes require large amounts of water, chemicals, and ongoing maintenance to look their best.

At the same time, these landscapes often have large, unplanted surfaces that do not absorb water (such as concrete sidewalks).

These landscapes put a strain on the city's drainage infrastructure, threaten the quality and availability of our water, and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

The benefits of waterwise landscaping

When you follow waterwise landscaping guidelines, you can:

  • Preserve the quality and availability of city water
  • Create healthy plant and animal environments
  • Reduce the urban "heat island" effect
  • Increase the quality of plant life
  • Reduce the time and energy you spend maintaining your landscape
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Vancouver's waterwise landscape guidelines

To reach the Greenest City 2020 targets of reduced per capita water consumption and improved drinking water quality, the city has developed guidelines for more sustainable landscapes.

Get the guidelines

City programs to help you reduce water use

Water restrictions

Watering restrictions begin May 15. Find out when you can water your lawn, how to get an exemption, and why they are in place.