Water restrictions are part of the regional Drinking Water Conservation Plan External website, opens in new tab set by Metro Vancouver.
Regional water-use restrictions are in effect May 1 to October 15, regardless of the weather.
Lawn watering regulations in effect May 1 to October 15
Stage 1: residential lawn watering allowed
- Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 4am to 9 am
- Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday and Sunday mornings, 4am to 9am
- Watering trees, shrubs, and flowers is permitted any day, from 4am to 9am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.
Stage 1: non-residential lawn watering allowed
- Even-numbered addresses: Monday mornings, 1am to 6am and Friday mornings, 4am to 9am
- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday mornings, 1am to 6am and Friday mornings, 4am to 9am
- Watering trees, shrubs, and flowers is permitted any day, from 1am to 9am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.
Important information If you water outside of allowed times, you could be fined $250.
Use our Can I water? tool to find rules for your address
Review the three stages
Hoses must have automatic shut-off device year round
Important information Per the Water Works By-law 4848 and Drinking Water Conservation By-law 12086, automatic shut-off devices are required on hoses year round for all watering and washing activities, regardless of the current level of water restrictions.
Most lawns only need about one inch of water per week, including rainfall. This is equal to one hour of watering.
Where our drinking water comes from
Our drinking water comes from rain and snowmelt collected in the Capilano, Seymour, and Coquitlam watersheds. With population growth and climate change, there is increasing pressure on our water supply.
Water restrictions help to make sure we have enough treated drinking water for everyone during the dry summer months.