Environmental Concerns

Water Restrictions

Summer is when Greater Vancouver uses the most water, receives the least amount of rain, and has the least amount of water in storage.

Metro Vancouver has recently amended the activation period for lawn sprinkling restrictions.  Effective May 15 to October 15 lawn sprinkling is only permitted within the following time periods.

Residential addresses

  • Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 4:00 and 9:00 a.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns Tuesday, Thursday and  Sunday mornings between 4:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Non-residential

  • Even-numbered non-residential addresses may sprinkle lawns on Monday and  Wednesday mornings between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m., and Friday mornings between 4:00 and 9:00 a.m. 
  • Odd-numbered non-residential addresses may sprinkle lawns on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m., and Friday mornings between 4:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Help conserve water by reducing your outdoor water consumption and by following the sprinkler regulations.  These regulations are enforced by the City of Richmond.  The City's Water Use Restrictions Bylaw (Bylaw No. 7784) regulates water sprinkling. 

For more information please call 604-276-4355.

Other ways to help your lawn

  • A healthy lawn only needs to be watered one hour a week, or less if it rains.
  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn.  They'll help trap moisture to reduce evaporation and break down to feed your lawn naturally.
  • Plant your new lawn in the spring or the fall.  This will cut the amount of time your spend watering.
  • Or, think about replacing your lawn with ornamental grasses and other drought-resistant plants that require little or no watering

Did you know?
One hour of lawn sprinkling uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry, and 5 dishwasher loads COMBINED.

What else can you do?
Visit the City's water saving tips page.