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Lawn watering regulations protect drinking water

August 6 2014

Water sprinkling restrictions are in effect from June 1 to September 30.

Don't forget that lawn sprinkling restrictions are in effect from June 1 to September 30.

When to water your lawn

In Vancouver, lawns generally need only one inch of water for one hour a week to stay healthy and green.

Residential addresses

  • Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle their lawn from 4:00am to 9:00a.m on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle their lawn from 4:00am to 9:00am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Non-residential addresses

  • Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle their lawn from 1:00am to 6:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle their lawn from 1:00am to 6:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Both even and odd numbered addresses may sprinkle their lawn from 4:00am to 9:00am on Fridays

Watering outside of the permitted times

Lawn sprinkling outside of the permitted hours and days is a bylaw offence, and the City will actively patrol for violations. If you water your lawn outside of designated times and do not have a permit, a fine of $100.00 may be issued. For first-time offences, the City will provide a warning notice and education on lawn sprinkling restrictions.

Why restrictions are needed

Lawn sprinkling restrictions are part of the regional Water Shortage Response Plan. Restrictions were put into effect to conserve water throughout the dry summer months when rainfall is at its lowest and demand for water in the Lower Mainland almost doubles — mostly due to lawn sprinkling and outdoor water use.  

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