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Water restrictions in effect for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

Our roundup of regional watering restrictions for residents of B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

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Despite scattered showers over the weekend, lawn watering restrictions remain in place in municipalities across the Lower Mainland. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Even warmer weather is coming to B.C.'s Lower Mainland this week, and cities in the region are reminding residents of water restrictions that are currently in place.

Below is a list of dates and times when Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley residents are permitted to water their lawns and gardens under current restrictions, as compiled by the CBC.

All times are PT.

Metro Vancouver Watering Restrictions

  • RESIDENTIAL: sprinkling allowed from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    • Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
    • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
  • NON-RESIDENTIAL: sprinkling allowed from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    • Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday
    • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday
    • All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
  • FINES: for sprinkling outside allotted hours
    • City of Vancouver: $250.00
    • Other cities: up to and around $100.00, depending on the city

Metro Vancouver lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from June 1 to September 30.

Fines in most Metro Vancouver cities are progressive, with first time violations being issued a warning letter, eventually leading to a $100 fine.

Water usage is fully metered only in West Vancouver and Langley, meaning residents pay based on how much water they use. 

Other cities have partial water metering systems in place for certain buildings.

Fraser Valley Watering Restrictions

  • No distinction between residential and non-residential permitted sprinkling times
  • Abbotsford and Mission: sprinkling allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
    • Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday, Saturday
    • Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday, Sunday
    • Restrictions in effect from May 1 to September 30
  • City of Chilliwack: sprinkling allowed either from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. or  7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday, Saturday
    • Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday, Sunday
    • Restrictions in effect from June 1 to September 30
  • District of Kent (Agassiz): no water restrictions currently in place
  • District of Hope: from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Even-numbered addresses: even dates
    • Odd-numbered addresses: odd dates

The Fraser Valley Regional District is also reminding residents to water gardens and lawns only as much as needed. They say only one inch of water is needed daily to maintain a healthy lawn.

Cities like Abbotsford and Mission brought in water restrictions one month early this year, saying that hot and dry temperatures and a reduced snow pack have caused lower water levels than usual in the water supply.

Fines for violating these restrictions are determined by the bylaws of each individual municipality.

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