2015

Jul 28, 2015 Return to Headlines

Bylaw Amendments Approved

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 27, 2015 – Coquitlam Council has approved two bylaw amendments aimed at encouraging water conservation and lowering fire risks during the summer months.

The amendment to the City’s Water Shortage Response Plan Bylaw No. 3701, 2005 allows for increasing fines at each of Metro Vancouver’s water restriction stages.

The fines in current Stage 3 restrictions are now $300 ($250 if paid within 14 days).

Meanwhile, the amendments to the City’s Smoking Control Bylaw No. 3037, 1996 increases fines for smoking in parks from $75 to $500 ($400 if paid within 14 days) from June 1 to September 30, as well as when there is a high or extreme fire risk.

Coquitlam’s parks are always non-smoking at all times.

Residents who see someone violating the watering restriction regulations can contact Engineering Customer Service 24 / 7 at 604-927-3500. To help facilitate enforcement, residents are encouraged to contact Engineering while the violation is taking place and/or to provide the City with evidence of the violation such as a date or time stamped photo.

Residents are reminded that, in Stage 3 restrictions, all water use exemption permits for new lawn sprinkling and nematode treatments are now null and void. For more information on the watering restrictions, visit coquitlam.ca/h2o.

Residents who see someone smoking in the park can call Bylaws at 604-927-7387 or 604-927-3085, or email bylaw_enforcement@coquitlam.ca.

To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

For more on Coquitlam’s Bylaws, visit coquitlam.ca/bylaws.

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Media contact:

For Water Control Bylaw:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager, Environmental Services
604-927-3501

For Smoking Control Bylaw:
Andrea McDonald
Manager, Bylaw and Animal
Control Services
604-927-7378