Current Water Restrictions in the Water Local Service Areas

Water Local Service AreaWater Restrictions

Royston Water Local Service Area

Stage 1 Water Restrictions (effective April 1, 2018)

Denman Island Water Local Service Area

No Water Restrictions.

Black Creek-Oyster Bay Water Local Service Area

Stage 2 Restrictions (effective July 1, 2018)

Watering Days Calendar

 

Accepted and Prohibited Activities

For more information about accepted and prohibited water use during each stage of water restrictions, please click on the drop down menus below.

Stage 1 Water Restrictions
Even AddressOdd Address

Lawn sprinkling is permitted between the hours of 5 am - 8 am and 7 pm -10 pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Lawn sprinkling is permitted between the hours of 5 am - 8 am
and 7 pm -10 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

 

During Stage 1 Restrictions:

A person may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn growing on a property with:

  • An even numbered address – Between the hours of 5 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn on any other day or time.
  •  An odd numbered address – Between the hours of 5 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn on any other day or time.
  • Local governments may use a sprinkler to water parks, ornamental lawns and grassed boulevards between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am on even numbered days for even numbered addresses and odd numbered days for odd numbered addresses.

​An Individual May:

  • Water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables on any day with a sprinkler during the prescribed hours for Stage 1 watering restrictions and on any day at any time, if watering is done by hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables by any method during installation and for the following 24 hours.
  • Use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables at any time on any day.
  • Under the authority of a permit, water new sod on installation and during the first 21 days after installation, and water newly seeded lawns until growth is established or for 49 days after installation, whichever is less, with a sprinkler, but only during the prescribed Stage 1 watering hours, and at any time if watering is done by a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water all-weather playing fields at any time if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material.
  • Wash a vehicle with water using a hand-held container or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle and at car dealerships or commercial car washes. 

Exceptions to Stage 1 Restrictions:

  • Owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity, and where such incapacity has been documented by a medical practitioner, are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on any two days of the week for a maximum of nine hours per day.
  • Nurseries, farms, turf farms and tree farms are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government water parks and pools are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Owners or operators of golf courses may water
    (i) trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables grown on golf courses in accordance with stage 1 sections 1 (c) (i), (ii), and (iii) of this schedule; and (iii)  fairways, golf greens and tees on any day if failure to do so will result in permanent loss of plant material.
Stage 2 Water Restrictions
Even addressOdd address

Lawn sprinkling is permitted between the hours of 6 am -8 am and 8 pm -10 pm on Tuesday and Saturday.

Lawn sprinkling is permitted between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm -10 pm on Wednesday and Sunday

 

During Stage 2 Restrictions

A person may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn growing on a property with:

  • An even numbered address – On Tuesday and Saturday between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm - 10 pm. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn on any other day or time
  • An odd numbered address – On Wednesday and Sunday between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm -10 pm. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn on any other day or time.
  • Local government may use a sprinkler to water parks, ornamental lawns and grassed boulevards between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am on even numbered days for even numbered addresses and odd numbered days for odd numbered addresses.

An Individual May:

  • Water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables with a sprinkler during the prescribed hours and days for Stage 2 watering restrictions and on any day at any time if watering is done using hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables by any method during installation and for the following 24 hours.
  • Use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables at any time on any day.
  • Under the authority of a permit, water new sod on installation and during the first 21 days after installation, and water newly seeded lawns until growth is established or for 49 days after installation, whichever is less, with a sprinkler but only during the prescribed Stage 2 watering hours, and at any time if watering is done using a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water all-weather playing fields at any time if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material.
  • Wash exterior windows and building surfaces with water using a hand-held container or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. 
  • Wash a vehicle with water using a hand-held container or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle and at car dealerships and commercial car washes.

No Person Shall:

  • Use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots except as necessary for applying a product such as paint, preservative or stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.

Exceptions to Stage 2 Restrictions:

  • Owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity, are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on one day per week for a maximum of nine hours per day.
  • Nurseries, farms, turf farms and tree farms are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government water parks and pools are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Owners and operators of commercial pressure washing companies may use water but only as part of their normal business operations.
  • Owners or operators of golf courses may water:

(i) fairways at any time on not more than two days per week;
(ii) trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables grown on golf courses in accordance with Stage 2 sections 1 (d) (i), (ii), and (iii) of this schedule; and
(iii) golf greens and tees on any day if failure to do so will result in permanent loss of
plant material.

Stage 3 Water Restrictions

UNDER STAGE 3 RESTRICTIONS NO LAWN  WATERING IS PERMITTED

During Stage 3 Water Restrictions:

  • No person shall:
    • water a lawn or boulevard;
    • fill or add water to a swimming pool, hot tub or garden pond;
    • fill or add water to or operate a decorative fountain at any time; or
    • wash a vehicle or a boat with water.

An Individual May:

  • Water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm - 10 pm if watering is done using a hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables using a hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle during installation and at any time during the following 24 hours after installation is completed.
  • Use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm - 10 pm
  • Water all-weather playing fields at any time, but only if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material.
  • Use water to wash sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, exterior windows or exterior building surfaces, but only if necessary for applying a product such as paint, preservative or stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.

Exceptions to Stage 3 Restrictions:

  • Nurseries, farms, turf farms and tree farms are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government water parks and pools are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government may use a sprinkler to water parks, ornamental lawns and grassed boulevards between the hours of 11 pm to 7 am on even numbered days for even numbered addresses and odd numbered days for odd numbered addresses.
  • Owners or operators of golf courses may water:
    (i) fairways at any time on not more than one day per week;
    (ii) trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables grown on golf courses in accordance with stage 3 sections 1 (b) (i), (ii), and (iii) of this schedule; and
    (iii) golf greens and tees on any day if failure to do so will result in permanent loss of plant material.
  • Wading pools less than 200 centimetres in diameter may be filled with water up to a maximum depth of 30 centimetres.
  • Vehicles and boats may be washed with water only at car dealerships and commercial car washes using less than 205 litres of water per vehicle wash, or 50 per cent recirculated water, as long as the total amount of water, excluding recirculated water, does not exceed 205 litres per vehicle wash.