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Even with a rainy spring, water restrictions key to preserving drinking water through the summer

May 15 2017

“Even after a wet and snowy winter, it is important to be proactive about conserving tap water so that it lasts through the summer,” said Daniel Roberge, Director or Water, Sewer and Green Infrastructure.

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Metro Vancouver’s annual watering restrictions take effect today, May 15, to ensure our treated drinking water is preserved through the summer for where it’s needed most: for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. 

“Even after a wet and snowy winter, it is important to be proactive about conserving tap water so that it lasts through the summer,” said Daniel Roberge, Director or Water, Sewer and Green Infrastructure. “Even with watering restrictions, water use in Vancouver doubles in the summer due to lawn and garden watering. Minimizing outdoor water use is the single biggest thing residents can do in the summer to ensure our treated drinking water isn’t wasted.” 

Be proactive

Lawns in Vancouver generally need only one inch of water for one hour a week, including rainfall, to stay healthy and green. Even just one hour of lawn watering can use as much water as 25 toilet flushes, five loads of laundry, and five dishwasher loads combined. 

The City and Park Board are also taking initiative to further reduce use of treated drinking water in public spaces, recreational facilities, and civic facilities. Initiatives include installing more water efficient fixtures, upgrading systems to reduce water wastage, and proactively listening to fire hydrants to fix leaks. 

You can check your permitted watering through the VanConnect app or online.

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Stage 1 restrictions 

Lawn watering days for residential addresses

  • Even-numbered addresses: 4:00am–9:00am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
  • Odd-numbered addresses: 4:00am–9:00am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 

Lawn watering days for non-residential addresses

  • Even-numbered addresses: 1:00am–6:00am  on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Odd-numbered addresses: 1:00am–6:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • All addresses: 4:00am – 9:00am on Fridays 

Watering outside of the permitted times is a by-law offence. City staff are actively on patrol, and violations will result in a $250 fine. 

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Watch this afternoon’s media event on Periscope .