Lawn Watering Restrictions Strengthened

Metro Vancouver Water Restrictions Level 3 2015

There’s no denying that it has been a hot, dry spring and summer here in Metro Vancouver. In response, the region entered Stage 3 Lawn Sprinkling Restrictions effective July 20, 2015.

Here are the details:

  • No watering lawns at any time.
  • No water exemption permits may be used for new lawns or nematode application.
  • No watering trees, shrubs, flowers, planters or vegetable gardens using sprinklers or soaker hoses.
  • No filling or refilling private swimming pools, hot tubs or garden ponds.
  • No private pressure washing, except for health and safety reasons or to prepare for painting.
  • No washing driveways, sidewalks and parkades for aesthetic purposes.
  • No ornamental fountains may be used.
  • No washing of cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats or other recreational vehicles.
  • No watering of golf course fairways, cemetery lawns or municipal parks.

Some things are still allowed, including:

  • Hand watering of trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative planters and vegetable gardens using a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle, watering container or a drip irrigation system.
  • Watering of turf at turf farms or flowers and vegetables at commercial gardens.
  • Commercial car wash operations.
  • Golf course watering of greens and tee areas at minimum levels required to maintain areas in useable condition.
  • Sports playing field (including sand-based) and school yard watering at minimum levels as required to maintain areas in useable condition.
  • Artificial turf requiring wetting and outdoor tracks if required for dust control or safety reasons.

If we don’t want to enter Stage 4 Lawn Sprinkling Restrictions, which would mean that all public pools and spray parks would be closed, we should all follow the rules. But more than that, look for ways to conserve water in general. It’s easy for us to become complacent about our water use, given how much water we have in general. By using this resource wisely, however, we can ensure that we don’t squander it.

The City of Coquitlam is taking watering violations seriously. On July 21, 2015 they announced a proposal to increase fines for violators. Under the proposal, fines would increase from $75 to $300 ($250 if paid within 14 days) for Stage 3 violations. As well, warnings are no longer being issued in Stage 2 or 3, so residents caught violating the watering regulations would automatically be assessed these fines.

To find out more about the restrictions, and how your city is enacting them, visit one of these websites:

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