Vancouver: New watering regulations


It’s hard to wrap my head around lawn-watering regulations when we’ve still got oodles of water coming out of the sky. But no matter that! Annual watering restrictions come underway June 1st in Vancouver.

Although we still have the odd-address/even-address split of days for watering allowed – this year the watering times have been moved to the early morning hours *only*. Which means if you *have* to water your lawn you will be doing so between 4 and 9 am.

From the City of Vancouver:

Metro Vancouver is shifting lawn sprinkling hours to the morning because demand for water is too high on warm summer evenings.

Our region’s water use doubles on peak demand days, threatening the ability of our water pipes to carry enough water for fire hydrants and indoor sprinkling systems. We can invest in new megaprojects or we can shift cosmetic water use to the morning when demand is lower.

You can help:

  • Work with nature – let your lawn go dormant over the summer.
  • Pick native plants and shrubs that require less watering.
  • Get a rain barrel to collect water for your yard.
  • Healthy lawns need just one inch of water per week including rainfall.  If you insist on watering your lawn, don’t water any area for more than one hour once a week. Never water after 9 a.m. to minimize water loss due to evaporation.

And you know, getting rid of some of your lawn in favour of greater carbon-sink plantings wouldn’t hurt either.

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