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2018 Water Regulations

Apr 26, 2018

Metro Vancouver's NEW Lawn Watering Regulations are in effect from May 1, 2018 until October 15, 2018.

Every year, Metro Vancouver adopts water use regulations to conserve drinking water during the summer months. After an exceptionally hot and dry summer in 2015, Metro Vancouver launched a review and update of the water use regulations and developed the new Drinking Water Conservation Plan. Stage 1 of the Plan comes into effect this year on May 1, 2018, and applies to all properties in Delta.

There are several changes to watering regulations under the new Plan, including a change to the number of days per week when lawn watering is permitted, and new restrictions on watering trees, shrubs and flowers. With Stage 1 of the Plan in effect, watering is permitted at the following times: 

Residential Watering Guidelines

Lawn watering allowed:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 4 am to 9 am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday and Sunday mornings from 4 am to 9 am

Watering trees, shrubs, and flowers (excluding edible plants) allowed:

  • On any day from 4 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler
  • On any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container, or drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Non-Residential Watering Guidelines

Lawn watering allowed:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday from 1 am to 6 am and Friday from 4 am to 9 am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday from 1 am to 6 am and Friday from 4 am to 9 am

Watering trees, shrubs, and flowers (excluding edible plants) allowed:

  • On any day from 1 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler
  • On any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container, or drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Remember, you only need one hour of rain or watering per week to keep a healthy lawn! Find more information about how to maintain a healthy lawn throughout the year with Metro Vancouver’s Lawn Care Guide.

Learn more about Stage 1 lawn watering restrictions, and register for our free workshop on Gardening with Water Restrictions to learn how to keep your lawn and garden healthy this summer.