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Conserving water in Vancouver


A lawn sprinkling regulation is in place from June 1-September 30
A lawn sprinkling regulation is in place from June 1-September 30

Staff writers

June 1, 2012 — A lawn sprinkling regulation is in place, leaving Vancouverites specific times to water their yard.

Vancouverites are restricted to early morning sprinkling only
Vancouverites are restricted to early morning sprinkling only

From June 1 until September 30, residents in Metro Vancouver will face lawn sprinkling restrictions.

The region has implemented regulations that allow people to water their lawn between the hours of 4 and 9 am only. Depending on what your address is, you may also face certain daily restrictions as well.

Authorities say water use almost doubles at the same time that seasonal rainfall is at its lowest. On the hottest days in summer, as much as two billion litres of water are used.

According to officials, reducing afternoon and evening sprinkling will help to ease the spikes in water consumption during peak hours. It will also help to minimize additional costs for both taxpayers and the environment.

Water conservation officials offer these tips when trying to adjust to the restrictions in place:

  • Work with nature and let your lawn go dormant over the summer.
  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn. They'll help trap moisture while they break down to feed your lawn naturally.
  • Planting a new lawn in the spring or fall will cut the amount of time you'll spend water.

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