Water Use Restrictions 

During the summer our water use can double mainly due to outdoor uses such as watering lawns and gardens, and washing cars and outdoor surfaces. The region-wide water use restrictions are a cost effective way to reduce our summer water demand and ensure that there is a sufficient supply for essential services such as firefighting and maintaining adequate water pressure for homes, schools and businesses. 

These water use restrictions help Coquitlam adapt to climate change and defer the need for costly infrastructure upgrades. Learn more about our commitment towards environmental resiliency and sustainability in the Environmental Sustainability Plan. Find out how our community manages with climate change impacts in the Climate Adaptation Strategic Plan.

From Reservoir to Tap 

Enjoy this guided story that shows the journey water takes, and all the steps and people involved to deliver safe and reliable water to our residents and businesses. 

Duration

The region-wide water use restrictions are in effect from May 1 to October 15 every year.  By default, Stage 1 restrictions are activated starting on May 1. Watering that is not compliant to the water use restrictions could result in a $150 to $500 fine under the Drinking Water Conservation Plan Bylaw No. 4838, 2018.

New Changes

Changes to the water use restrictions are in effect as of May 1, 2022.

Can I Water Today?

Use this handy search tool provided by Metro Vancouver to check if you can water today. 

  1. Stage 1 Restrictions
  2. Stage 2 Restrictions
  3. Stage 3 Restrictions
  4. Stage 4 Restrictions

Automatic Watering – applying water in a way that does not need human intervention or supervision.

Manual Watering – applying water in a way that needs to be manually operated and/or held.

Residential Addresses - Lawn Watering

  • Even-numbered addresses - Saturdays
    • Automatic Watering permitted 5 – 7 a.m.
    • Manual Watering permitted 6 - 9 a.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses - Sundays
    • Automatic Watering permitted 5 – 7 a.m.
    • Manual Watering permitted 6 - 9 a.m.

Residential Gardens, Shrubs, Trees and Planters - All Addresses

  • 5 – 9 a.m. on any day using hose-fed sprinkler systems and irrigation systems
  • Anytime, any day using drip irrigation and soaker hose systems
  • Anytime, any day when hand watering (e.g. hose with shut-off nozzle, water container)
  • No restrictions on plants grown for food

Non-residential Addresses - Lawn Watering

  • Even-numbered addresses - Mondays
    • Automatic Watering permitted 4 – 6 a.m.
    • Manual Watering permitted 6 - 9 a.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses - Tuesdays
    • Automatic Watering permitted 4 – 6 a.m.
    • Manual Watering permitted 6 - 9 a.m.

Non-residential Gardens, Shrubs, Trees and Planters - All Addresses

  • 4 – 9 a.m. on any day using hose-fed sprinkler systems and irrigation systems
  • Anytime, any day using drip irrigation and soaker hose systems
  • Anytime, any day when hand watering (e.g. hose with shut-off nozzle, water container)
  • No restrictions on plants grown for food

Residential Car and Boat Washing

Hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.

Outdoor Surfaces and Power Washing

Hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Power washing is permitted. Tip: Consider sweeping instead of using water to wash outdoor surfaces.

Decorative Water Features, Pools and Hot Tubs

There are no restrictions. Tip: Fill up pools and hot tubs before the restrictions start on May 1. Cover them when they are not used to prevent evaporation and to keep it clean. 

Drinking Water Conservation Plan

For a full list of water use restrictions  for homes, businesses, governments and schools, refer to  Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan Summary (PDF).

  1. Fire-risk Rating

    Fire Risk Rating Gauge. Current level is low.It's always important to keep an eye on and be aware of the local fire-risk rating as there are a number of changes and impacts to residents when it increases such as barbeque bans in our parks or the relaxation of watering restrictions in areas adjacent to heavily wooded/forested areas such as Mundy Park the northern forested boundary of the city.

    The current fire risk is “LOW”

When the fire risk rating is in the “Extreme” range for three or more consecutive days, certain residential and business properties identified as extreme risk located immediately adjacent to Mundy Park and along the northern forested boundary of the City are eligible for a relaxation of summertime watering restrictions. 

Please visit our summer fire safety webpage for fire safety tips and water-restriction relaxation details including an Exempt Properties List that is updated every year. Find out how to keep your home safe from wildland fires by visiting our  webpage on Wildland/Urban Interface Areas.