The Township of Langley’s Water Shortage Response Bylaw has four stages of watering restrictions:
Stage 1 automatically implemented
every year from May 15 – October 15
2 and 3 used in times of extended drought or when facing a water supply issue
4 reserved for emergency situations
*All areas of the Township are subject to the next stages of restrictions if deemed necessary by Metro Vancouver or the General Manager of Engineering.
Metro Vancouver Lawn Sprinkling Regulations
Morning sprinkling only: 4:00am - 9:00am
Even addresses: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Odd addresses: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
*If you have an in ground sprinkler, remember to adjust the timer.
Morning sprinkling only: 1:00am - 6:00am
- Even addresses: Monday, Wednesday
- Odd addresses: Tuesday, Thursday
- All addresses: Friday, 4:00am - 9:00am only
Water restriction exemption permits are available upon request at the
Civic Facility to residential and commercial properties under Stage 1 and 2
water restrictions. A permit is valid
for 21 days from the start date and allows lawn sprinkling outside of
Q: Why do we have water restrictions each
use almost doubles in the summer when seasonal rainfall is at its lowest.
Restrictions help ensure that demand does not exceed the delivery capacity of
our existing water distribution system.
Q: I am not connected to the municipal water supply. I use a private
well or water source for lawn watering. Does the bylaw apply to
usage from sources not connected to the municipal water supply is exempt from
the bylaw. However, we encourage all property owners to be good environmental
stewards and follow the water use restrictions. The Township uses a mix of
groundwater and purchased Metro Vancouver water, therefore, water resources are
shared with private well owners. Water restrictions are in place to protect our
shared drinking water; conservation will help ensure a continued source of
affordable water for all.
Q: Do the Stage 1 lawn sprinkling restrictions apply to sports
playing fields and school fields?
sports playing fields and school fields are exempt from Stages 1, 2, and 3 of the Water Shortage Response Bylaw No. 5184.
These fields are constructed with a sand base for year round use, allowing
higher water infiltration and faster drainage to accommodate wet winter months.
Due to this sand base, playing fields need to be watered during the summer to
prevent drying out and potential die-off. The use of sand base fields is consistent
with other local municipalities.
Q: How are parks and playing fields
staff are aware of water conservation and only water to the extent required to
maintain facilities. The majority of parks and playing fields are watered using
an automated system connected to a computerized central irrigation system. The
system uses local water data to calculate a conservative amount of water, which
is applied to the soil to maintain specific soil moisture. Generally, parks and
playing fields are watered infrequently but for longer periods of time to force
the turf to grow longer roots. This makes the turf more durable and resilient.
Remember, your lawn only needs 1 inch or 1 hour of watering per week. You can also let your lawn go dormant (golden) over the summer. Rest assured, it will ‘green up’ again when it starts raining in the fall.
What else can you do?
- Add an auto-shut off attachment to your hose.
- Sweep patios, decks, and driveways with a broom instead of the hose.
- Pull planters into the shade to avoid the hot sun.
- Water vegetable gardens in the morning, near the roots, and by hand.
- Leave grass clippings on your lawn. They’ll help trap moisture to reduce evaporation and break down to feed your lawn naturally.
- Check out our Water Wise page for more
ways to conserve water.