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Metro Vancouver Water Restrictions Come Into Effect May 1

Vancouver Water Restrictions

Despite the fact that we get a lot of rain throughout the spring season, Metro Vancouver water restrictions will still come into effect this May.

On Wednesday, May 1st, Stage 1 restrictions will be enforced across the region, essentially limiting how often you can water your lawn.

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Our water use can increase by 50% in the summer and early fall, largely due to lawn watering. The region‑wide watering regulations are put in place to help us use our drinking water wisely.


Metro Vancouver Water Restrictions

Stage 1 Water Restrictions primarily limit residential lawn sprinkling and limit it to the following days and times:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday and Sunday mornings 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Non-residential lawn sprinkling dates and times:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Mondays from 1:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. and Fridays from 4:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesdays from 1:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. and Fridays from 4:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Stage 1 water restrictions will remain in effect until October 15th, 2019. Likewise, Metro Vancouver may shift into Stage 2 water restrictions if reservoirs dip too low.

Under Stage 2 water restrictions, watering lawns and grass boulevards, trees, shrubs, soil-based playing fields, and sand-based playing fields will be further restricted. In addition, the following are prohibited under Stage 2 water restrictions:

  • Flushing water mains
  • Topping up or filling aesthetic water features

If anyone is caught using water outside of their allowed times, you could be fined $250.


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