Stage 1 watering restrictions kick in today in Metro Vancouver

As of May 1, Metro Vancouver residents can only water lawns two days a week instead of three

Despite a long winter and soggy spring, Metro Vancouver watering restrictions are starting two weeks early this year.

Stage 1 restrictions begin May 1, as part of the regional district’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan that passed last year.

You’ll also only be able to water your lawn two days a week this week, instead of three, on Stage 1 is in place.

READ MORE: ‘People are very passionate about water,’ Metro Vancouver mayor says

READ MORE: Vancouver adopts bylaw to cut watering to 2 days during summer

During consultation last year, North Vancouver City Mayor and chair of the Metro Vancouver utilities committee Darrell Mussatto said the earlier start is expected to save three to five billion litres of water.

Residents of even-numbered addresses can water their lawns Wednesday and Saturday from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m., and those in odd-numbered homes can turn on their hoses Thursday and Sunday during the same time frame.

Non-residential lawns can be watered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., depending on the address, and 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Fridays.

Stage 1 rules had started on May 15 and run until October 15, unless reservoir levels and forecasts cause the restriction level to increase.

In 2015, parts of B.C. experience such a drought in July and August that they went under Stage 3 and 4 water restrictions, meaning some people could not water their gardens or lawns or wash their cars, unless for safety reasons.

Snow packs across B.C. were notably high this year, according to experts from the B.C. River Forecast Centre, but forecasters are bracing residents to expect another unseasonably dry summer ahead in parts of the province.

Typically, water reservoirs relay on snow caps to stay at sufficient levels until June 1, and then depend on run-offs from creeks and rain.

@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Langley Mounties get new tool to find drunk drivers

New legislation take effect this week that will allow broader breathalyzer testing.

BCIHL Young Stars lose hard-fought hockey game to Kazakhstan at Langley Events Centre

Coach calls it ‘a great opportunity for those guys to have an international experience’

How some Langley students used spare change, bake sales and candy-cane-grams to help the needy

This week, three families will have a better Christmas as a result

Road to the World Juniors leads through Langley

Finland plays Denmark on Wednesday, United States takes on Czech Republic on Saturday

How the Grinch stole a Langley senior’s Christmas

Mary Kydd said her car was broken into at her apartment’s underground parking garage last week.

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create a U.S. Space Command.

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notorious Toronto triple killer gets third consecutive life sentence

Dellen Millard gets third consecutive life sentence for father’s death.

‘Subdued’ housing market predicted in B.C. through 2021: report

The Central 1 Credit Union report predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.

A journey through 2018’s top pop culture moments

Was there any pop culture this year? Of course there was.

‘A stronger Alberta:’ Ottawa announces $1.6B for Canada’s oil and gas sector

Price of Alberta oil plummeted so low that Alberta’s Premier said Canada was practically giving it away

Wicked weather, including heavy snow, rainfall, hammers southern B.C.

Environment Canada has posted winter storm warnings for the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 3

Caretaker jailed, must pay back money after stealing $260K from elderly B.C. couple

Antonette Dizon, now 50, had been hired to provide extra care for Henry and Helen Abfalter

Most Read