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Stage 1 Water Regulations

May 13, 2016

Regulations in effect from May 15 to October 15, 2016

As part of Metro Vancouver’s
Water Shortage Response Plan, Stage 1 lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect every year across the region to maintain water pressure and help reduce peak demands on water distribution systems.

Regulations apply to all properties including single-family and multi-family residential properties and commercial, institutional and industrial non-residential properties. A healthy lawn only needs one hour of water a week, including rain.

With Stage 1 regulations, lawn sprinkling is permitted at the following times:


  • Even-numbered addresses
    Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday – 4 am to 9 am
  • Odd-numbered addresses
    Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday 4 am to 9 am


  • Even-numbered addresses
    Monday or Wednesday – 1 am to 6 am
    or Friday – 4 am to 9 am
  • Odd-numbered addresses
    Tuesday – 1 am to 6 am
    or Friday – 4 am to 9 am

Some forms of water usage are allowed under Stage 1 regulations:

  • Outdoor car and boat washing is permitted by hose equipped with a spring-loaded shut off.
  • Gardens, shrubs, trees and decorative planters are not subject to Stage 1 regulations.

Learn more about Stage 1 lawn sprinkling regulations.