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Green grass enthusiasts beware! Watering restrictions are now in place in New Westminster from June 1 until September 30. Water demand nearly doubles in the summer and rainfall is minimal. To help conserve water supplies, the ity wants people to water lawns in the morning, which is more effective as evaporation is minimal.
To stay healthy most lawns only need about 25 mm (1 inch) of water per week, including rainfall. This is equal to 1 hour of watering a week.
Residential – Monday, Wednesday Saturday from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
Non-Residential – Monday, Wednesday from 1:00 am to 6:00 am
Residential – Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
Non-Residential – Tuesday, Thursday from 1:00 am to 6:00 am
Both Even and Odd Addresses Non-Residential only
Friday from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
There are some exceptions to the restrictions:
- Newly turfed or seeded lawns may be irrigated more frequently, provided a permit stipulating conditions are first obtained from the Engineering Department.
- Hand-watering of flowers, shrubs and vegetable gardens is not affected by the regulations at this stage.
- Car-washing using a hose equipped with a spring loaded shut-off device is permitted.
If you are looking for other ways to help conserve water, installing a rain barrel could be an option.
The City of New Westminster sells 75 Gallon Rain Barrels for $75 (includes tax).
For more information about the watering restrictions or purchasing a rain barrel, please contact Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.