Vancouver's watering restrictions come into effect May 1

Apr 28 2020, 10:44 am

The City of Vancouver has announced that its annual watering restrictions are starting this week.

Beginning on Friday, May 1, residents will be allowed to water their lawn and garden only two days per week.

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’s treated water for tasks like cooking and cleaning.

The City also notes that with more people at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, they’re expecting more time than usual to 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

Residents are advised that in Vancouver, lawns typically need one inch of water for one hour per week, including rainfall.

The City is also reminding people that watering outside of these times is a by-law offence and could result in a $250 fine. Watering restrictions will remain in effect until October 15, 2020.