Lawn Watering Regulations in Effect May 1

Water use doubles in the summer, primarily due to lawn watering. All water delivered to homes is drinking water and establishing hours for lawn watering helps ensure drinking water isn’t wasted.

An hour of watering or rain per week is all you need for a healthy lawn. Better yet, stop watering your lawn during the summer months.  Your lawn will go dormant and turn green again when fall rain returns.

Beginning Friday, May 1 through Thursday, October 15, seasonal stage 1 lawn watering regulations are in effect across the Metro Vancouver region.

When Can I Water?

For residential lawns during stage 1:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 4:00am - 9:00am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday and Sunday mornings from 4:00am - 9:00am
  • All addresses can water trees, shrubs and flowers any day from 4:00am - 9:00am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

For non-residential lawns during stage 1:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday mornings from 1:00am - 6:00am, and Friday mornings from 4:00am - 9:00am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday mornings from 1:00am - 6:00am, and Friday mornings, 4:00am - 9:00am
  • All addresses can water trees, shrubs and flowers any day, from 1:00am - 9:00am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Evening lawn watering is not permitted.

For more information on when to water, frequently asked questions, and Water Wise tips, visit tol.ca/waterrestrictions.

Engineering Division
604-532-7300
opsinfo@tol.ca