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Conserving water in Vancouver


Staying cool. Residents encouraged to find ways to conserve water this summer
Staying cool. Residents encouraged to find ways to conserve water this summer

Andrea Stockton, staff witer

June 2, 2011 — A lawn sprinkling regulation is in place, leaving Vancouverites specific times to water their yard.

Restrictions apply for lawn sprinkling this summer
Restrictions apply for lawn sprinkling this summer

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 a.m. And depending on what your address is, you may only be able to use lawn sprinklers on select days of the week.

Authorities say water use almost doubles at the same time that seasonal rainfall is at its lowest. These restrictions will help conserve existing water to ensure it can be distributed throughout the region.

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.

For more details on what's expected in Vancouver this week, be sure to check your local forecast. A preview of the months to come can be found in The Weather Network's Summer Outlook 2011.

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