May 13, 2016 Return to Headlines

Water Restrictions Go Into Effect May 15

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 12, 2016 – As the temperature begins to rise, it is important to note regional water restrictions will be in place starting May 15 and will run until Oct. 15 this year.  

The date change signals an effort by Metro Vancouver to avoid moving into a Stage 3 restriction, if possible. 

In addition, further changes to the Metro Vancouver guidelines mean that, unlike in 2015, water exemption permits obtained – such as those for Nematode applications – in Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be permitted for use in a Stage 3 situation.

Effective May 15, lawn watering is permitted at the following times:


  • EVEN numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday - from 4 a.m to 9 a.m.
  • ODD numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday - from 4 a.m to 9 a.m.


  • EVEN numbered addresses: Monday & Wednesday, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  • ODD numbered addresses: Tuesday & Thursday, from 1 a.m to 6 a.m.
  • ALL non-residential addresses can also water on Friday, from 4 a.m to 9 a.m.

The City supports the regional water restrictions to help sustain water for present and future generations, and to ensure residents have an adequate supply of water for critical uses such as drinking and firefighting.  Coquitlam also must accommodate for the region's limited ability to capture, store and distribute water because of the finite capacity of the City's watersheds.

For more information about water use restrictions and regulations, including exemption permits, visit ​our Water Restrictions & Regulations page.


Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager, Environmental Services Division
Engineering and Public Works