Stage 2 Watering Regulations

With hardly any snow this winter, low rainfall and high temperatures in the past months, Metro Vancouver has issued Stage 2 Watering Restrictions throughout the Lower Mainland to conserve water.


  • Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Monday mornings 4am – 9am
  • Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Thursday mornings 4am – 9am

Did you know that a healthy lawn only needs to be watered one hour a week? And that a brown lawn isn’t dead – it’s just dormant? If you wait until the rain comes in the fall, it will green back up again!


  • Newly-planted lawns are exempt with the purchase of a special permit from your municipality.
  • Flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees.
  • Pools, spas, water play parks and fountains.
  • Washing cars or boats using a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle.
  • Sports playing fields and school yards. Lawns at golf courses and turf farms.
  • Artificial turf requiring wetting and outdoor tracks requiring hosing for dust control or safety.


  • Public and commercial water features and fountains are shut down
  • Only water play parks with user-activated switches will be operated
  • Pressure washing is only permitted for health & safety purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar treatment. Washing for aesthetic purposes is prohibited.

And if you’re still feeling tempted to water more than an hour a week, remember… one hour of lawn sprinkling uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads COMBINED.