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Regulations on outdoor water use are in place from May 1 to September 30 each year. Regulations may escalate at any time if there is a significant stress on the regional water supply due to hotter and drier weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Water conservation regulations and sprinkling times for all stages is available HERE

Click the image below to learn what SCRD water system your property is serviced by and what current regulations are.

Stage 1 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.

Stage 2 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.

Stage 3 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.

Stage 4 water conservation regulations CLICK HERE.


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

All complaints receive follow up. The SCRD will issue warnings to properties in violation of regulations
and provide information about water conservation regulations.  If there is continued non-compliance,
bylaw officers will issue a Bylaw Enforcement Notice and a fine.

Fines increase as water conservation stages progress:

  • Stage 1 at $200
  • Stage 2 at $300
  • Stage 3 at $400
  • Stage 4 at $500


Permit for Watering a New Lawn: Permits are $50 and are available for watering beyond the allowable times in order to establish new lawns (seed or sod). Permits are only available during Stage 1 Water Conservation Regulations (Normal Water Supply Conditions), for a period of 21 days or until Stage 3 (Acute) is declared. Please email or call 604-885-6806 to arrange your permit. 


Ensure your automated irrigation system is only watering within the allowed times for your address. Sprinkling regulations can be found HERE.

Rain Sensors

Rain Sensors are required on all irrigation systems to prevent watering in the rain.  

Micro/Drip Irrigation

Micro and drip irrigation systems are water conserving technologies that are exempt from water conservation regulations until Stage 4.  

The SCRD defines micro and drip irrigation systems as those which consume less than 76 litres of water per hour, and operate at 25 psi or less.  A pressure regulator is needed to reduce the water pressure to 25 psi.

Wonder how much water is used by irrigation? This video takes a quick look at water use by sprinklers, soaker hoses, drip irrigation, and hand watering.


Regulations are put in place from May 1 to September 30 as per Section 19 of the Water Rates and Regulations Bylaw No. 422.

Regulations look at where we can conserve water from lawn irrigation and other lower-priority outdoor uses in order to make water available for food producing plants and trees.

Water conservation regulations are guided by the region's Drought Response Plan.