With highs of 30 degrees expected this weekend, now is a good time to reminder everyone that Metro Vancouver’s water restrictions are in full effect with residential limits on lawn watering.

Metro Vancouver’s Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Response Plan started on May 15th and is expected to last until October 15th.

As part of Stage 1 of the water restrictions, residents are only allowed to water the lawns — either by sprinkler or by handheld hose — on alternating days and between certain hours.

Residential addresses are allowed to water on the following days:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday, Saturday mornings – 4:00am to 9:00am.
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday, Sunday mornings – 4:00am to 9:00am.

Non-residential addresses are allowed to water on the following days:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday mornings from 1:00am to 6:00am.
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday mornings from 1:00am to 6:00am.
  • All non-residential addresses: Friday mornings from 4:00am to 9:00am.

Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day, from 4:00am – 9:00am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

There are a few other restrictions in place for golf courses, cemetery lawn operators, and those with artificial turf. These are listed on the Metro Vancouver website.

Last modified: August 11, 2020

2 Responses to " Metro Vancouver Continues Stage 1 Water Restrictions "

  1. Priti S says:

    Hard part about this is policing it all. It also doesn’t mention about other types of watering, such as if you’re growing food in your yard or if you have a balcony garden. Also, some people aren’t available to water lawns at 4 a.m. and don’t necessarily have the ability to get a timer. Wouldn’t it be cool if we had underground irrigation throughout the city that controlled all water release to our lawns? lol

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