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
  • Stages 2 and 3 used in times of extended drought or when facing a water supply issue
  • Stage 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

Exemption Permits

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 restricted days.

Residential: $30
Non-residential: $150

Restrictions FAQ's

Q: Why do we have water restrictions each summer?
A: Water 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 me?
A: Water 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?
A: No, 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 watered?
A: Township 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.

Being Waterwise

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.

More Information

Engineering Division

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