Seasonal Adjustments

Metro Vancouver’s weather can go through drastic changes in rainfall amounts throughout the year. Restrictions enacted by municipalities can also require adjustments to be made to irrigation systems. Our technicians will set systems to ensure they comply with all bylaws and other regulatory requirements.

Adjustments for weather conditions can help ensure that plant material is receiving adequate moisture during dry periods. This is done by taking into account soil conditions, the tolerances of different plant material, and other factors. Irrigation systems can then be set to maximize the effectiveness of watering in challenging conditions. Conversely, irrigation systems must also be adjusted to avoid run-off and puddling during wet conditions.

Seasonal adjustments help to manage the use of water and minimize waste, while ensuring that the health of valuable plant material is protected.

Metro Vancouver Watering Restrictions effective May 1 through October 15, 2022

Stage 1 Residential Lawn Watering Allowed as Follows:

  • Even-numbered addresses on Saturdays
  • Odd-numbered addresses on Sundays
    • Automatic watering: 5 am – 7 am
    • Manual watering: 6 am – 9 am
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day from 5 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.
  • Edible plants are exempt from regulations

Stage 1 Non-Residential Lawn Watering Allowed as Follows:

  • Even-numbered addresses on Mondays
  • Odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays
    • Automatic watering: 4 am – 6 am
    • Manual watering: 6 am – 9 am
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day from 4 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.
  • Edible plants are exempt from regulations

*Special permits are available that allow more frequent watering of newly planted lawns. Contact your local municipality for more information.


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