Photo courtesy City of Richmond
Now that spring is in full bloom, and the much-awaited sunshine has finally arrived, it’s again time for watering restrictions to take effect.
From May 1 through Oct. 15, lawn watering regulations will be in place in Richmond to help converse Metro Vancouver’s high-quality treated drinking water. Following the regulations will also help ensure sufficient water is available through to the rainy fall season.
This year, regulations have been updated to align with Metro Vancouver’s new Drinking Water Conservation Plan. The region-wide watering regulations are part of Stage 1 in a 4-stage water restrictions plan outlined in Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan. The four-stage plan is an effective way to ensure residents in the region use drinking water wisely.
Residential lawn watering is permitted as follows:
•Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
•Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday and Sunday mornings, 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
•Watering trees, shrubs, decorative planters and flowers (excluding edible plants) any day from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. using a sprinkler, or anytime using-hand watering or drip irrigation.
Non-residential lawn watering allowed as follows:
•Even-numbered addresses Monday mornings 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday mornings, 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
•Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday mornings 1 to 6 a.m. and Friday mornings, 4 to 9 a.m.
•Water trees, shrubs, decorative planters and flowers (excluding edible plants) any day from 1 to 9 a.m. using a sprinkler, or anytime using hand watering or drip irrigation.
Demand for water is at the highest during evening hours when residents require water for domestic uses such as dishwashing, laundry and showers. Watering lawns early in the morning helps equalize the overall demand on the water system.
Water restrictions are also an excellent reminder to reduce non-priority water uses such as washing vehicles or non-permeable surfaces such as driveways. And conserving water is also about ensuring its availability for future generations.
For more information and videos about Metro Vancouver’s lawn watering regulations, and for water conservation tips, visit http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/water/conservation-reservoir-levels/lawn-sprinkling/Pages/default.aspx.