Sprinkling Regulations

City Of North Vancouver

Sprinkling regulations help reduce the depletion of fresh water resources during the summer months. Lawn sprinkling accounts for 40% of household water usage in the summer. By restricting lawn sprinkling to the minimum amount necessary, we can greatly reduce the depletion of our drinking supply. As of May 15th, residential lawn sprinkling hours are restricted to 4am - 9am. These restrictions are in place from May 15 to October 15 each year, and lawn sprinkling is only allowed between the hours of 4:00am to 9:00am. Did you know that one hour of sprinkling per week is all that most lawns need? Residential addresses may sprinkle lawns: Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, 4am - 9am Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 4am - 9am Non-residential addresses may sprinkle lawns: Even-numbered addresses: Monday and Wednesday, 1am - 6am Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday and Thursday, 1am - 6am All non-residential addresses: Friday, 4am - 9 am Can I water my New Lawn? The City of North Vancouver will grant a three week permit allowing you to water your new lawn(s) outside of the summer sprinkling regulations above. You can purchase these permits from the Engineering, Parks and Environment Department at City Hall. The Permit Fee is: Single Family/Duplex $30.00 Multi-Family $75.00 Commercial/Industrial $150.00 You will need to provide proof of address. We do not require proof of purchase of lawn seed or sod. The Permit must be prominently displayed at your residence/premises. Why three weeks? Three weeks of appropriate watering should be sufficient to establish your healthy new lawn. The permit does not authorize unlimited sprinkling. Common sense must apply. For more information about Sprinkling Regulations contact the Engineering Department at 604-983-7333. Sprinkling regulations do not apply to flower or shrub gardens, car washing or washing down surfaces for painting, etc. unless otherwise notified. Some facts about summertime sprinkling:
  • Most lawns only need 2.5 cm of water each week, which can easily be achieved by sprinkling your lawn for about an hour once a week.
  • Watering early in the morning is best, as water evaporates quickly during the heat of the day.
  • Less frequent watering actually encourages deeper, healthier lawn roots.
  • Don't cut your grass too short. Grass retains more moisture if mowed to about 5cm.
  • Aerating your lawn by punching holes in it about 12 centimetres apart can allow for better water absorption and a healthier lawn.
  • Raking compost over your lawn can also improve moisture retention and reduce the need for fertilizers.
  • Reducing weeds in your lawn and garden can lessen the competition for water and fertilizer.
  • Mulching your garden with organic matter improves nutrient content, water retention, reduces erosion and discourages weeds while reducing water evaporation in your garden
Residents can play an important role in water conservation. Find out more about typical water use inside the home: Metro Vancouver's Residential Water Conservation.

District Of North Vancouver

The District of North Vancouver, in accordance with the Regional Water Shortage Response Plan of Metro Vancouver, has currently implemented Stage 1 water restrictions, effective from May 15th to October 15th, annually. Did you know that one hour of sprinkling per week is all that most yards need? Lawn sprinkling hours are from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. That's when the least amount of water used on lawns will evaporate. These restrictions are in place from May 15th to October 15th. Residential addresses: Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4a.m. - 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Non-residential addresses: Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. Monday and Wednesday Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Friday. For the past 5 summers, the District has hired a Water Conservation Officer aimed at reducing the demand placed on drinking water reserves. As this has been highly successful, the District will continue to hire a Water Conservation Officer to assist Bylaw officers and educate residents to the restrictions. Other duties will include gathering data around water use and completing water audits. Residents can report misuse of sprinklers to either the Water Conservation Officer at 604-803-4294 or to the Bylaw Department at 604-990-2400. The Water Conservation Officer will regularly be working outside of typical business hours. At the District of North Vancouver we are very committed to water conservation and invite you to join us in our effort to conserve water. Metro Vancouver Stage 1 Water Use Restrictions The restrictions do not apply to the use of rain water, gray water, any forms of recycled water, or other sources of water outside the Metro Vancouver/municipal water supply system. Municipalities will suspend hydrant flushing except for unscheduled safety or public health reasons. Routine system flushing will be scheduled outside the WSRP time frame. Cemetery lawns, ornamental lawns belonging to municipal facilities, and grassed boulevards will not be exempt and may be watered only within the twice-weekly times. Operation of sprinklers for children's play will not be exempt from these restrictions. Automated lawn sprinkler systems will not be exempt. EXEMPTIONS:
  • Sports playing fields and school yards, because their size makes them difficult to irrigate within the time limits, they are generally built on sand bases which do not hold moisture, and because replacement costs are high. Some artificial turf also needs to be watered for safety reasons.
  • Municipal parks, because their size makes them difficult to irrigate within the time limits. However, municipalities will reduce sprin kling of parks, playing fields, etc. to minimum levels required to maintain these areas in useable condition. (E.g. Sand-based fields may require more frequent watering.)
  • Lawns at golf courses and turf farms, because the restrictions are not intended to cause undue economic hardship or disruption to a business for which lawns are the primary product or service being provided. However, municipalities will request that golf course operators cut water use on fairways by as much as possible.
  • Artificial turf requiring wetting and outdoor tracks requiring hosing for dust control or safety.
  • Newly-planted lawns will be allowed to be watered outside of restricted times, but will be required to obtain a municipal permit to be displayed on the lawn.
  • Watering of flower and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees will be allowed.
  • Filling of pools, spas, water play parks, and fountains will be allowed.
  • Washing of cars or boats will be permitted, but prudent use of water will be encouraged. Washing must be done using a spring- loaded shutoff.
Lawn care tips:
  • Most lawns only need about 2.5 centimetres (depth of a tuna can) of water a week, which can easily be applied by sprinkling once a week. Overwatering can promote lawn disease and leach nutrients from the soil.
  • Sprinkling early in the morning is best because less water is lost to evaporation.
  • Aerate your lawn twice throughout the summer and leave grass clippings on the lawn after you mow. Clippings break down and provide your lawn with 25 per cent of its nitrogen needs.
  • Consider low release or natural fertilizers for long-lasting benefits.
  • A healthy, vigorous lawn crowds out weeds and reduces pest damage.
  • Consider alternatives to pesticides (herbicides and insecticides). If you must use them, read product labels carefully and treat problem weeds individually. Keep pesticides in their original containers so they can be identified when you share leftovers with neighbours or dispose of them with Product Care.
  • Let your lawn go dormant during the summer months. Healthy lawns will regain their green colour when cooler, wetter weather returns.
Special for newly planted/seeded lawns are available at the DNV Engineering Dept.,counter at the District Hall. (355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver. Tel: 604-990-2450) For more information and water conserving ideas, please visit the website for Metro Vancouver Water Restrictions & Information , or phone the Metro Vancouver Information Centre at 604-432-6200. Over the summer months daily rates of water consumption can double due to sprinkling. The aim of the water restrictions is to lower the risk of reservoir levels being depleted while rainfall is at its lowest.

West Vancouver

Minimize Lawn Sprinkling to Reduce Demand on Water System In summer, demand for water almost doubles in the Lower Mainland (mostly due to outdoor use) at the same time that rainfall is the lowest. Help conserve water by keeping outdoor sprinkling to a minimum. Lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from May 15 to October 15. These restrictions help reduce the rate of water consumption and lower the risk of reservoir levels being depleted. In 2011 Metro Vancouver introduced a change to the sprinkling schedule. West Vancouver Council has adopted this new schedule in July 2011 as part of the Water Shortage Response Bylaw. Residential Lawn Sprinkling schedule:

Sprinkling is permitted between: 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. (no more evening sprinkling)

Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Note that at Stage 1 and 2 of the Water Shortage Response Plan, hand watering flower or vegetable gardens is permissible anytime. Sprinkling restrictions only apply to lawns.

Did you know that your lawn only needs one inch of water per week? Visit the Outdoor Water Conservation page to learn more tips for sustainable lawn and garden care. Residents are encouraged to use water wisely at all times. Saving every drop begins with YOU!