With rising temperatures, Metro Vancouver regional district’s lawn sprinkling regulations are now in effect until September 30.
The reduction is part of an attempt to reduce peak demand on the water system and defer the need and associated high costs of building higher dams, bigger pump stations and larger water mains.
Every summer, water use almost doubles (mostly due to outdoor use) while rainfall is at its lowest. On the hottest days, as much as two billion litres of water are used.
Previously, sprinkling was permitted in the mornings and evenings but now is only permitted in the mornings, before 9 a.m. This is because the demand for water is highest in the evening when most people prepare meals, wash dishes, do laundry, take showers and perform other domestic activities.
By not permitting afternoon or evening sprinkling, this will help flatten the spikes in water consumption and reduce peak demand on the water system.
According to the regional district, one hour a week of watering is all that is needed for a healthy lawn. One hour of lawn sprinkling is also equivalent to the water consumption of 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads combined.
Residences will be permitted to sprinkle their lawns only in the mornings on these days and times:
Non-residential lawns will be permitted to sprinkle their lawns only in the mornings on these days and times:
Exceptions to the rule:
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