Metro Vancouver has implemented Stage 2 watering restrictions on Friday, August 4, 2023, which prohibit all lawn watering in the region, including the North Shore.
However, trees, shrubs, and flowers can be watered by hand or using soaker hoses or drip irrigation at any time, or by using a sprinkler between 5 and 9 am any day. Vegetable gardens can also be watered at any time. Aesthetic water features, such as fountains, cannot be filled or topped up. Washing impermeable surfaces like driveways and sidewalks is also prohibited except in limited circumstances.
New permits for watering new lawns or lawns being treated for the European Chafer Beetle will not be issued though the permits issued in Stage 1 remain in effect until they expires.
Metro’s Water Conservation Plan is designed to reduce demand for drinking water through specific water restrictions, which are implemented in three stages. Summer restrictions take effect on May 1 each year, and remain in place until October 15.
Metro Vancouver typically delivers one billion litres of treated drinking water each day, however, that number can increase by more than 50 per cent during the summer, largely due to lawn watering and other outdoor uses.
In West Vancouver, some residents are using four times more water this summer compared to past years.