Outdoor Water Use Bylaw

Stage 1 water conservation is in effect as of September 15, 2017.

Water Conservation Stage 3

How much water does Squamish use? Visit the "Water Facts" page to find out.

To report a violation, please contact Bylaw at 604.815.5067.

Visit our Water Conservation frequently asked questions.


How to Work Within the Bylaw 

In each stage, vegetable gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs are permitted additional watering times based on the watering method used. Please view the "How to Work within the Bylaw" chart for more details on what can be done in each stage of the bylaw.

Permits may also be acquired for additional watering of newly seeded lawns and new sod. Please note, however, that no permits for watering newly seeded lawns or new sod will be issued in July or August. Please call the Public Works office at 604.815.6868 for more information. 

Stage 1 - Two days per week lawn watering

Lawn watering with a sprinkler is allowed as follows:

 Water Conservation Stage 2

Stage 2 - One day per week lawn watering

Stage 2 divides the community into seven areas, and provides each area with ONE day upon which they can water a lawn with a sprinkler, in either the morning or evening, based on the civic address.

2016 Stage 2 new chart 

Stage 3 - No lawn watering

Lawn watering is not allowed. What happens after Stage 3

STAGE 4 - NO OUTDOOR WATER USE

Stage 4 means no outdoor water use at all. This is reserved for emergency situations.


Stage 1 water conservation begins on May 1 each year. Watering restrictions are lifted on October 31 each year unless conditions warrant keeping the restrictions in place.

The Outdoor Water Use Bylaw (No. 2254) was introduced in 2013, with amendments made in 2014 (Bylaw No. 2325).

Although water appears abundant in Squamish, fresh drinking water has a finite capacity. Costly upgrades to our infrastructure can be deferred through minimizing our potable water use, as well as reducing costs associated with water treatment and pumping.

Outdoor water restrictions are in place to effectively manage the supply and demand of water across the community during the summer months when our peak water usage is nearly double the volume of the winter months!

Visit our Water Conservation page for more information on the importance of reducing our water use and easy tips on how you can save water around your home.


 

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How to work within the bylaw

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Outdoor Water Use Bylaw FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about water restrictions.

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