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Water Use Restrictions

Stage 4 Outdoor Water Use Restrictions are Now in Effect.

Our drinking water supply is at risk due to prolonged dry weather in the watershed. Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has declared Stage 4 outdoor water use restrictions for SCRD water users south of Pender Harbour. Click on the map below for specific exceptions. According to the outdoor water use restriction schedule for Stage 4, there is a complete ban on all outdoor tap water use. Frequently asked questions.

What watering restrictions are in effect where you live?

Click the image below for location specific details:

The following areas are exempted from Stage 4 outdoor water use restrictions until further notice:

  • SCRD water users from Pender Harbour to Earl’s Cove/Egmont will remain at Stage 1 outdoor water use restrictions.
  • SCRD water users supplied by ground water sources in Langdale, Soames Point and Granthams Landing will remain at Stage 2 outdoor water use restrictions.
  • In the Town of Gibsons, only Zone 3 is subject to Stage 4 outdoor water use restrictions.
  • For households in the Town of Gibsons’ Zones 1 and 2, which are supplied by the Gibsons Aquifer, contact the Town of Gibsons at


How much water are we using?

The weekly water use update compares the quantity of water we are using with the targeted levels we are aiming for in order to extend our available water supply.

Weekly Water Use

More About Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Restrictions come into effect on May 1 annually or as guided by the region's Drought Management Plan. The restrictions are part of the region's efforts to conserve water during drought-prone summer months. Stages may be called at different times in different communities, see this Outdoor Water Use Restrictions FAQ for details about new restrictions.

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

The time for establishing new lawns is spring. Permits for extra watering of a new lawn are sold during Stage 1 (Normal) outdoor water use. Permits are available for one-time only, for 21 days, at the Field Road office of the SCRD for $50. Permits allow for sprinkling seven days a week during normal sprinkling times.

EXEMPTIONS: Micro and drip irrigation systems are water conserving technologies that are exempt from Water Use Restrictions until Stage 4. Micro and drip irrigation systems are those which consume less than 20 gallons per hour and operate at 25 psi or less.

Want to do your part? Please read through our Guide to Help You Become a Water Conservation Champion for great tips on conserving water every day.

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

Please click on the table for a printable PDF.

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Want to learn more about what the SCRD is doing to expand our water supply? Click here.
Want to learn more about what the SCRD is doing to manage demand? Click here.