Everyone appreciates a green, healthy-looking lawn, but for Vancouverites who fail to follow city restrictions around keeping their grass in good health – particularly when it comes to watering – the consequences can be costly.
Watering restrictions are put in place every year to ensure that everyone has “access to drinking water during the dry summer months” and that there is treated water for tasks like cooking and cleaning, according to the city. And with more people at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, officials expect more time than usual will be spent tending lawns and gardening.
Watering times for residential and non-residential addresses are as follows:
Lawn watering days for residential addresses:
- Even-numbered addresses: 4 to 9 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Odd-numbered addresses: 4 to 9 am on Thursdays and Sundays
Lawn watering days for non-residential addresses:
- Even-numbered addresses: 1 to 6 am on Mondays: 4 to 9 am on Fridays
- Odd-numbered addresses: 1 to 6 am on Tuesdays: 4 to 9 am on Fridays
Restrictions are in effect May 1 to October 15, and those found watering outside their designated times can be fined $250.
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For those worried about their lawns getting enough liquid, city officials note that most lawns only need about one inch of water per week, including rainfall. This, they note, is equal to one hour of watering.