Lawn watering regulations take effect May 1
28 April 2020
The region’s annual lawn watering regulations take effect Friday, May 1 and continue to Thursday, October 15. The restrictions are in place to conserve our region’s high quality treated drinking water and ensure sufficient water reserves are available through to the rainy fall season.
The watering regulations are part of Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan and are supported and enforced by the City through Richmond’s Water Use Restriction Bylaw No. 7784. Stage 1 water restrictions take effect May 1, and progressively stricter stages of water restrictions may be implemented as needed based on water supply within the region.
Stage 1 lawn watering regulations are as follows:
Residential lawn watering allowed:
- Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday and Saturday mornings 4 to 9 a.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday and Sunday mornings 4 to 9 a.m.
- Watering trees, shrubs, decorative planters and flowers (excluding edible plants): Any day from 4 to 9 a.m. using a sprinkler; anytime using hand watering or drip irrigation.
Non-residential lawn watering allowed:
- Even-numbered addresses: Monday mornings 1 to 6 a.m. and Friday mornings 4 to 9 a.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday mornings 1 to 6 a.m. and Friday mornings 4 to 9 a.m.
- Trees, shrubs, decorative planters and flowers (excluding edible plants) can be water any day of the week, anytime using hand watering or drip irrigation, or from 1 to 9 a.m. using a sprinkler.
Edible plants can be watered anytime.
Stage 1 watering restrictions are an effective way to ensure residents in the region use drinking water wisely and have the potential to delay or avoid the need for higher, more restrictive water use stages. Demand for water is at the highest during evening hours when residents require water for domestic uses such as preparing dinner, dishwashing, laundry and showers. Watering lawns early in the morning helps reduce the peak demand on the water system.
Furthermore, water restrictions are an excellent reminder to reduce non-priority water uses such as washing vehicles or non-permeable surfaces such as driveways. The restrictions only apply to the use of treated drinking/tap water and not to the use of rain water, grey water (waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances) or any form of recycled water.
For more information and videos about Metro Vancouver’s lawn watering regulations, water-wise lawn care and everyday water conservation tips, visit: www.metrovancouver.org/services/water/water-conservation/Pages/default.aspx.
For information on how to apply for water restriction exemption permits during COVID-19, visit: www.richmond.ca/safety/property/environment/water.htm