Urban Wildlife & Water Conservation

Live smart with urban wildlife

Coquitlam is home to bears and other urban wildlife. These animals sometimes enter our neighbourhoods because they are attracted by garbage.

You are responsible for managing your Garbage Cart and Green Cart so that they do not attract wildlife. Please make sure you:

  • Only put out your Garbage Cart, Green Cart and recycling between 5:30am and 7:30am on your
    collection day.
  • Keep your garbage out of reach at all other times by storing your Garbage Cart and Green Cart in a secure location, such as a sturdy shed.
  • Secure the wildlife clips on your Green Cart when it is not a collection day.
  • Place all food scraps in your Green Cart rather than your Garbage Cart – it gets collected more frequently!
  • Keep your carts clean.
  • Pick ripe fruit from the trees in your yard and remove any unwanted fruit trees.
  • Check your yard for anything that might attract wildlife:
  • Remove bird feeders.
  • Store pet food indoors.
  • Keep your barbecue clean.

If you don’t manage your waste correctly and it attracts wildlife, you could be fined up to $500 under the City’s Solid Waste Bylaw. Also, feeding wildlife – even unintentionally – is against the law in BC.

Residents are responsible for managing their waste correctly so that it doesn't attract wildlife. Failure to do so can result in a $500.00 fine (as outlined in Amendment Bylaw No. 3768, 2006 & Amendment Bylaw No. 4061, 2009 to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw).

For more information, please visit coquitlam.ca/urbanwildlife

Water Use Restrictions & Regulations

Lawn sprinkling and water use regulations are necessary to maintain water pressure to all customers. Water restrictions help reduce peak demands on the water distribution system, thus reducing operating costs and deferring construction of new water supply and transmission facilities.

Watering Restriction Regulations are in effect 

Due to unseasonably dry and hot weather, Metro Vancouver has further restricted the lawn sprinkling regulations. Effective as of July 20, 2015, Stage 3 regulations are in effect.

No Residential or Non-residential lawn sprinkling or hand watering is permitted at any time.

Stage 3 watering restrictions at-a-glance: 

YES - watering of flowers, gardens, trees and shrubs (by hand only with a spring-loaded shut-off nozzle or by drip irrigation)
YES - commercial car washes

NO - watering of any lawns at any time
NO - outdoor car washing and boat washing (except for safety - windows, lights and licence plates only)
NO - pressure washing (only allowed for health and safety purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar treatment)
NO - water exemption permits for new lawns or nematode application
NO - refilling private pools, spas and garden ponds
NO - operating ornamental fountains
NO - washing of hard surfaces including sidewalks, driveways, walls, roofs or other outdoor surfaces (only allowed for health and safety purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar treatment)

Water Shortage Response Plan - Bylaw No. 3701, 2005

Please refer to the Metro Vancouver website for more information or consult the Metro Vancouver Water Shortage Response Plan, At a Glance 2015.

Residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional properties are all required to follow these regulations. The City has water restrictions to:

  • Help sustain water for present and future generations.
  • Accommodate for the region's inability to capture, store and distribute water because of the limited capacity of the City's watersheds.
  • Decrease operating costs and defer construction of new water supply and transmission facilities.
  • Help stabilize the increase in water consumption that takes place during the summer months.
  • Maintain consistent water pressure to customers.

To report a watering restriction violation please contact Engineering & Public Works Customer Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 604-927-3500. Note that it is most helpful if you report complaints while the violation is taking place. 

Engineering and Public Works Customer Service
For inquiries or to report a damaged or leaking water service, please contact Engineering and Public Works Customer Service 24 hours a day/7 days a week at:  Phone: 604-927-3500

Metro Vancouver
For more tips on natural and waterwise yard care, visit metrovancouver.org or call 604-432-6200.

Pesticide Use At Home

In 2012, Coquitlam passed a bylaw to regulate the use of pesticides. Many conventional pesticides can no longer be used for lawn and garden beautification and maintenance on residential and City land, even if they are legally allowed for sale. You are not allowed to use pesticides that have active ingredients such as 2,4-D, Mecoprop, Dicamba, Glyphosate, Carbaryl and Malathion.

Please see coquitlam.ca/pesticides for more details and a list of permitted pesticides that are safer alternatives.

Engineering Customer Service