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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.

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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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