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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. 

CLICK HERE to find out what restrictions are in place for each of the stages.

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.

These frequently asked questions and answers pertain to Outdoor Water Use Restrictions.

To find out where your water comes from, search for your address in our outdoor water use restrictions application:

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 restrictions. 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. 

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

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