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Regulations are put in place from May 1 to September 30 in order to conserve water and meet high demand during hot and dry summer months. Regulations look at where we can conserve water from lawn irrigation and other lower-priority outdoor uses in order to make water available for food producing plants and trees. Regulations may escalate at any time if there is a significant stress on the regional water supply due to hotter and drier weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.

If you have a concern about water conservation or sprinkling, please call 604-885-6806 or use our online complaint form.

CLICK the image below to check the Water Conservation Regulations for your water service area:

A chart showing water conservation regulations for all stages is available HERE

Stage 1 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.

Stage 2 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.

Stage 3 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.

Stage 4 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.

Water conservation regulations are guided by the region's Drought Response Plan.


Do you have an irrigation system? Please update your controls to the times for your address. Rain sensors are required on all systems to prevent watering in the rain.

Permit for Watering a New Lawn: Permits are $50 and are available for watering beyond the allowable times in order to establish new lawns (seed or sod). Permits are only available during Stage 1 (Normal) water conservation regulations, for a period of 21 days or until Stage 3 (Acute) is declared. Please complete this application form for a permit.

EXEMPTIONS: Micro and drip irrigation systems are water conserving technologies that are exempt from water conservation regulations until Stage 4. Micro and drip irrigation systems are those which consume less than 76 litres per hour and operate at 25 psi or less.

Wonder how much water is used by irrigation? This video takes a quick look at water use by sprinklers, soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand watering.