Effective today, Metro Vancouver is now under stage 1 water restrictions.
The move comes two weeks earlier than last year, after the region was hit with one of the most severe droughts in recent history.
Region-wide lawn sprinkling restrictions now mean residential properties are only permitted to water in the early mornings and on alternating days.
Limits are also now in effect on outdoor car and boat washing, which must be done with a hose with spring-loaded shut off only.
Breaking the rules could result in a fine of up to $500.
Last year, Metro Vancouver issued 10,000 warnings and 1,500 fines.
Earlier this month, the provincial River Forecast Centre reported provincial snowpacks have dipped to 53% of normal for this time of year, while snowpacks on the South Coast had dipped to 78%.
Lawn Sprinkling Regulations For 2016
- Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.
- Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.
- Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1 a.m. – 6 a.m. Monday and Wednesday
- Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 1 a.m. – 6 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday
- All non-residential addresses can also sprinkle 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. Friday.