New Lawn Sprinkling Regulations


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Lawn sprinkling restrictions come into effect across Metro Vancouver on June 1, and remain in effect through September 30. Restrictions have been effect for years now, and most local residents are probably familiar with them. However, there is a change for 2011. In the past, you were allowed to water your lawn between the hours of 4:00 and 9:00am and 7:00 and 10:00pm. Starting this year, residential addresses will only be permitted to water between 4:00 and 9:00am on their sprinkling days.

Because the regulations were updated recently, many publications from local government went out with the old rules. However, they are no longer in effect – evening sprinkling is no longer permitted. But an additional sprinkling day has been added every week to make up for the change, so you can now water up to three days every week.

The current rules are listed below.

Residential addresses:

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

Non-residential addresses:

  • Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1:00-6:00am Monday and Wednesday
  • Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1:00-6:00am Tuesday and Thursday
  • All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle 4:00-9:00am Friday.

Lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect every summer because water use almost doubles at this time of year, when seasonal rainfall is at its lowest. Restrictions help ensure that demand does not exceed what our existing water distribution system can deliver throughout the Metro Vancouver region.

If you’re feeling really keen to conserve water, Metro Vancouver also offers the following suggestions:

  • Work with nature and let your lawn go dormant (brown) over the summer.
  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn. They’ll help trap moisture while they break down to feed your lawn naturally.
  • Planting a new lawn in the spring or fall will cut the amount of time you’ll spend watering.

There are exemptions to sprinkling restrictions, including:

  • Watering newly-planted lawns outside of restricted times with a special permit from your municipality.
  • Watering flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees.
  • Filling pools, spas, water play parks and fountains.
  • Washing cars or boats using spring-loaded shutoff.
  • Sports playing fields and school yards.
  • Lawns at golf courses and turf farms.
  • Artificial turf requiring wetting and outdoor tracks requiring hosing for dust control or safety.

As for me, I will be wearing my brown lawn like a badge of honour. Happy summer!

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