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:

  • Place your Garbage Cart, Green Cart and recycling at the curb no earlier than 5:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Do not put carts out the night before collection. Failure to do so could result in a fine. (The City recommends placing your carts out no later than 7:30 a.m. and your recycling no later than 7 a.m. to ensure collection.)
  • 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 Wildlife & Vector Control 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 fine up to $500 (see: Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 4679, 2016 (keep link) and Wildlife and Vector Control Bylaw No. 4284, 2012 as amended).

For more information, please visit coquitlam.ca/urbanwildlife

Water Use Restrictions & Regulations

During the hot, dry summer our water use can double ​mainly due to outdoor uses such as watering lawns and gardens, filling swimming pools, pressure washing, etc. The region-wide watering regulations are an effective way to help us use our drinking water wisely and reduce demands during these drier months.

Stage 1 Regulations are in effect from May 15 until October 15

Residential ​Lawn Watering

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Restricted Restricted Prohibited Prohibited

Allowed:
Even-numbered addresses:

Mon. / Wed. / Sat.
4am - 9am

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. / Thurs. / Sun.
4am - 9am​

Allowed: 
Even-numbered addresses:

Mon. 4am - 9am

Odd-numbered addresses:
Thurs. 4am - 9am
No lawn sprinkling allowed
No lawn sprinkling allowed

Non-residential ​Lawn Watering

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Restricted Restricted Prohibited Prohibited

Allowed:
Even-numbered addresses:

Mon. / Wed.
1am - 6am and
Fri. 4am - 9am

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. / Thurs.
1am - 6am and
Fri. 4am - 9am

Allowed:
Even-numbered addresses:

Wed. 1am - 6am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. 1am - 6am ONLY
No lawn sprinkling allowed
No lawn sprinkling allowed

Car & ​Boat ​Washing

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Restricted Restricted Restricted Restricted
Hose must have an automatic shut-off device.  Hose must have an automatic shut-off device.
For safe operation of boat/vehicle only.
(mirrors, windows, licence plate allowed only)

Commercial car washes open
For safe operation of boat/vehicle only.
(mirrors, windows, licence plate allowed only)

Commercial car washes not allowed

Gardens, Shrubs, Trees, Planters

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Allowed Allowed Restricted Prohibited
No restrictions  No restrictions
Watering by hand only, hose must have an automatic shut-off device
No watering allowed

Outdoor Surfaces & Power Washing

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Allowed Restricted Restricted Prohibited
No restrictions  For safety or painting/sealing purposes.

Commercial cleaning services allowed
For safety or painting/sealing purposes ONLY
Not allowed unless ordered by a regulatory authority

Fountains, Water Features

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Allowed Prohibited Prohibited Prohibited
No restrictions  Operation not allowed
Operation not allowed
Operation not allowed

Residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional properties are all required to follow these regulations. The City enforces watering regulations 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.
  • Defer the costs of operating and expanding 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.

Engineering and Public Works Customer Service
For inquiries or to report a watering violation or a leaking water service, please contact Engineering and Public Works Customer Service at: 604-927-3500 (24 hours a day/7 days a week) or email: epw@coquitlam.ca.

Metro Vancouver
​For information on our region's watersheds, visit metrovancouver.org or call 604-432-6200.

For more information, please visit coquitlam.ca/​water

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
604-927-3500
wastereduction@coquitlam.ca