Metro Vancouver water restrictions are now in effect

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Metro Vancouver, including the three North Shore municipalities, are getting a head start when it comes to conserving water during the hot and dry summer months.

Lawn watering restrictions and regulations came into effect May 1, a full two weeks earlier than last year, and will remain in place until Oct. 15.

Under the Stage 1 regulations, implemented earlier this year as part of Metro’s new drinking water conservation plan, residents are permitted to water their lawn two mornings per week, which is down from three mornings per week.

An hour of rain or watering per week is all the water needed for a healthy lawn, states a news release from Metro.

“Water conservation is not just about water shortages – it’s imperative that we use water wisely all year round, both indoors and outdoors,” stated City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto, who’s also the chair of Metro’s utilities committee, in the release.

Under the restrictions, residential lawn watering is allowed at even-numbered addresses Wednesday and Saturday from 4 to 9 a.m., while odd-numbered addresses are permitted Thursday and Sunday from 4 to 9 a.m.

The release also notes that watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted from 4 to 9 a.m. any day if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation.

Visit metrovancouver.org for more information.

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