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Water Use Restrictions

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 $35.

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. Click here for a summary of commercial water use restrictions.

Water Consumption Patterns

The graph below shows water consumption patterns for different years compared to historical precipitation averages. The increase in summer water consumption is why restrictions target outdoor water use.

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