Waterwise landscape guidelines
Many 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.