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Lawn sprinkling regulations have been in place in Metro Vancouver since 1993. They are intended to reduce summer peak demand for drinking water, encourage conservation and help to lower water costs for consumers.

Lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from May 1st to October 15th of each year.

Lawns only need one inch (25 cm) of water, equivalent to one hour of watering, once per week.

Under Stage 1 Restrictions, for residential lawns, watering is restricted to the following schedule:

Even numbered addresses: Saturday mornings
Odd numbered addresses: Sunday mornings

Watering trees, shrubs and flowers (excluding edible plants) is permitted anyday, from 5:00 am to 9:00 am, if using a sprinkler, and on any day at any time if using a hand-held hose with automatic shut-off device, water container, or drip irrigation.

Depending on the water supply and water usage, the Greater Vancouver Water District may require further restrictions on watering. Please stay tuned for notifications, in your local newspaper and on our website, of changes to water restrictions.

For tips on how to conserve water at home, click here.