People watering their lawn using a sprinkler

Understanding water restriction levels

Water restrictions: Stage 1 in effect

Water restrictions are set by Metro Vancouver and apply only to the use of treated drinking water – not rain water, gray water, and recycled water.

Note If you water your lawn outside of allowed times and don't have a water exemption permit, you could be fined $250.

Spring-loaded shut-off nozzles required year round

Note Per the Water Works Bylaw 4848, automatic shut-off devices are required on hoses year round for all watering and washing activites, regardless of the current level of water restrictions.

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Lawn watering restrictions

Residential lawn watering

Water restrictions stage 1 Water restrictions stage 2 Water restrictions stage 3 Water restrictions stage 4
Residential lawn watering

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Mon, Wed, Sat
4:00 – 9:00am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tue, Thu, Sun
4:00 – 9:00am ONLY

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Monday
4:00 – 9:00am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Thursday
4:00 – 9:00am ONLY

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Non-residential lawn watering

Water restrictions stage 1 Water restrictions stage 2 Water restrictions stage 3 Water restrictions stage 4
Residential lawn watering

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Monday, Wednesday
1:00 – 6:00am
Friday
4:00 – 9:00am

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 – 6:00am
Friday
4:00 – 9:00am

Restricted

Even-numbered addresses:
Wednesday
1:00 – 6:00am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tuesday
1:00– 6:00am ONLY

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Prohibited

No lawn watering allowed

Book a free irrigation assessment and learn how to adjust your watering system to better meet the needs of your lawn.

Most lawns only need about one inch of water per week, including rainfall. This is equal to one hour of watering.

Other residential water use restrictions

Gardens, shrubs, trees

Water restrictions level 1 Water restrictions level 2 Water restrictions level 3 Water restrictions level 4
Flowers and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs, and trees

Allowed

Sprinklers OK
For hose watering, spring-loaded shut-off nozzle required

Allowed

Sprinklers OK
For hose watering, spring-loaded shut-off nozzle required

Restricted

No sprinklers – hand or spring-loaded shut-off nozzle ONLY

Prohibited

No watering allowed

Car and boat washing

Water restrictions level 1 Water restrictions level 2 Water restrictions level 3 Water restrictions level 4
Outdoor car washing and boat washing

Allowed

Spring-loaded shut-off nozzle ONLY

Allowed

Spring-loaded shut-off nozzle ONLY

Prohibited

For safety ONLY
(mirrors, windows, licence plate)
Commercial car washes open

Prohibited

For safety ONLY
(mirrors, windows, licence plate)
Commercial car washes close

Surface and power washing

Water restrictions level 1 Water restrictions level 2 Water restrictions level 3 Water restrictions level 4
Private and commercial pressure washing

Allowed

Spring-loaded shut-off nozzle ONLY

Restricted

For safety or painting prep ONLY.
Commercial companies exempt.

Restricted

For safety or painting prep ONLY.
Commercial companies exempt.

Prohibited

Not allowed unless ordered by a regulatory authority

Full list of water use restrictions

The Metro Vancouver Water Shortage Response Plan lists all the water use restrictions for homes, businesses, governments, and schools for stages 1 to 4.

View the list of restrictions PDF file (250 KB)

Water exemption permits

If you have a new lawn or you are using nematodes to treat your lawn for European Chafer Beetles, you can apply for a water exemption permit.

Learn more and apply

Our drinking water comes from rain and snowmelt collected in the Capilano, Seymour, and Coquitlam watersheds. With population growth and climate change, there is increasing pressure on our water supply.

Water restrictions help to make sure we have enough treated drinking water for everyone during the dry summer months. 

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