Water Conservation

Water conservation is important to everyone. Conserving water not only benefits our natural ecosystems but also helps delay costs to expand our water infrastructure. The City of Coquitla.m. provides residents with a variety of opportunities to conserve water through water use regulations and low cost sales of rain barrels, water wise kits and electronic water timers.

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, washing cars and pressure washing outdoor surfaces. The region-wide regulations are an effective way to help use our drinking water wisely and reduce demands during these drier months.

STAGE 1 RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT FROM MAY 1 TO OCTOBER 15, 2018

Lawn Watering - Residential

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

Allowed:
Even-numbered addresses:

Wed. & Sat.
4 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Odd-numbered addresses:
Thur. & Sun.
4 a.m. - 9 a.m.​

Allowed: 
Even-numbered addresses:

Wed. 4 a.m. - 9 a.m.
ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Thurs. 4 a.m. - 9 a.m.
ONLY
Lawn watering prohibited; Water Exemption Permits issued in Stages 1 or 2 remain in effect until they expire.
Lawn watering prohibited; all Water Exemption Permits are null and void.

​Lawn Watering - Non-residential

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

Allowed:
Even-numbered addresses:

Mon. 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. and
Fri. 4 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. and
Fri. 4 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Allowed:
Even-numbered addresses:

​Mon. 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Tues. 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. ONLY
Lawn watering prohibited; Water Exemption Permits issued in Stages 1 or 2 remain in effect until they expire.
Lawn watering prohibited; all Water Exemption Permits are null and void.

Gardens, Shrubs, Trees, Planters - Residential

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Restricted Restricted Restricted Prohibited
No restrictions on edible plants

Sprinklers and irrigation systems allowed 4 a.m. - 9 a.m., any day

Hand watering (hose with automatic shut-off, water container), soaker hose and drip irrigation allowed any day, any time. 
No restrictions on edible plants

Sprinklers and irrigation systems  allowed 4 a.m. - 9 a.m., any day

Hand watering (hose with automatic shut-off, water container), soaker hose and drip irrigation allowed any day, any time.
No restrictions on edible plants

Sprinklers, irrigation systems and soaker hoses prohibited

Hand watering (hose with automatic shut-off, water container) and drip irrigation allowed any day, any time.
Watering of decorative and edible gardens, shrubs, trees and planters prohibited.

Gardens, Shrubs, Trees, Planters - Non-residential

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Restricted Restricted Restricted Prohibited
No restrictions on edible plants

Sprinklers and irrigation systems allowed 1 a.m. - 9 a.m., any day

Hand watering (hose with automatic shut-off, water container), soaker hose and drip irrigation allowed any day, any time. 
No restrictions on edible plants

Sprinklers and irrigation systems  allowed 1 a.m. - 9 a.m., any day

Hand watering (hose with automatic shut-off, water container), soaker hose and drip irrigation allowed any day, any time.
No restrictions on edible plants

Sprinklers, irrigation systems and soaker hoses prohibited

Hand watering (hose with automatic shut-off, water container) and drip irrigation allowed any day, any time.
Watering of decorative and edible gardens, shrubs, trees and planters prohibited.

Residential Car & Boat Washing

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Restricted Restricted Restricted Restricted
Hose must be equipped with an automatic shut-off device Hose must be equipped with an automatic shut-off device.
ONLY washing of windows, lights, mirrors, licence plates and boat engines are allowed for safe operation.
ONLY washing of windows, lights, mirrors, licence plates and boat engines are allowed for safe operation.

Outdoor Surfaces & Power Washing

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Restricted Restricted Restricted Prohibited
Hose must be equipped with an  automatic shut-off device; power washing permitted. Allowed ONLY for health & safety reasons or to prepare for painting/sealing, and washing is done by a commercial company.
Allowed ONLY for health & safety reasons or to prepare for painting/sealing, and washing is done by a commercial company. Outdoor surface and power washing prohibited except if ordered by a regulatory authority for health and safety reasons.

Decorative Water Features, Pools & Hot Tubs

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Allowed Prohibited Prohibited Prohibited
No restrictions  Topping up or filling of fountains and decorative water features not permitted.
Topping up or filling of decorative water features, pools and hot tubs not permitted; pools and hot tubs with a valid permit issued by the local health and safety authority are permitted to operate.
Topping up or filling of decorative water features and all pools and hot tubs prohibited.

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.

Water Exemption Permits

New Lawns

If you have planted a new lawn during watering regulations (May 1 - October 15) and the lawn has not yet established, you can request a temporary Water Exemption Permit from the City.

  • Permits are valid for three weeks (21 days) from the permit issue date and only apply to the new lawn area.
  • Watering of the new lawn area with a permit is allowed every day between the morning hours of 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., within the permit's validity period.
  • Permits must be displayed at the front of the property and be visible from the curb and/or sidewalk.
  • Permits cost $25 for single-family properties and individual townhouse units, and $150 for multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional properties.
  • A one-time renewal is available for $25 for single residential lots and individual townhouse units or $150 for apartments, multi-family complexes, commercial, industrial or institutional property.
  • Permits are allowed to continue during Stage 3 watering restrictions but will be void in Stage 4.

How to apply:

  • (NEW!) Apply online by completing the New Lawn Water Exemption Permit application form and emailing it to waterconservation@coquitlam.ca. Applicants will then be asked to pay for the permit through the City’s online payment system. Please allow up to 3 business days for staff to process and issue the permit.
  • You may also apply in person at Engineering Customer Service at City Hall. Permits will be ready for pickup within the same business day.

Nematode Treatments for European Chafer Beetle Control

Nematodes are microscopic organisms that can control European Chafer beetles and are most effective when applied between late July and mid-August. As your lawn must be watered thoroughly before and after a nematode application, you can apply for a Water Exemption Permit from the City to water outside of the watering regulations. Please refer to our European Chafer beetle information to learn about managing European Chafer beetle infestations on your lawn.

  • Permits are valid for three weeks (21 days) from the permit issue date and only apply to the lawn area treated with nematodes.
  • Watering of the treated lawn area with a permit is allowed outside of the permitted watering days and times, within the permit's validity period.
  • Permits must be displayed at the front of the property and visible from the curb and/or sidewalk.
  • Permits are free of charge and are eligible for a one-time renewal.
  • Applicants must show proof of nematode application (e.g. receipt for nematode purchase or invoice from the company providing the nematode treatment service).
  • Permits are allowed to continue during Stage 3 watering restrictions but will be void in Stage 4.

How to apply:

Companies may apply for nematode permits on behalf of multiple properties:

  • Please email waterconservation@coquitlam.ca and attach a complete and updated list of property addresses requiring permits, including the full names and contact numbers of the residents. Please organize the list in alphabetical order based on the residents’ last name.
  • Please allow up to 5 business days for staff to process and issue the permits.

Fire Risk Rating

The hot and dry weather the Lower Mainland has been experiencing lately has caused the fire risk rating to increase.

Should the fire risk rating increase into the “Extreme” range for three or more consecutive days, certain residential and business properties located immediately adjacent to Mundy Park and along the northern forested boundary of the City may be eligible for a relaxation of summertime watering restrictions.

Low Fire Risk



 The current fire risk is “​LOW”

Eligible Residential & Business Properties List for relaxation of the City's watering regulations.

Should the City experience an extended period of “Extreme” fire risk, the Fire/Rescue Department will be encouraging occupants of these properties to ensure grass, trees and other vegetation are sufficiently hydrated.

Wildland/Urban Interface Areas

Coquitlam has many areas where the wilderness and urban development meet. This means that structures and vegetation are sufficiently close together that a wildfire may spread between trees or vegetation and structures easily.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue, along with other agencies, have the means to suppress or control structure and wildfires. With cooperation from homeowners in the urban interface areas who reduce fuel and exposure to wildland fires, we can both reduce and limit the risk of fire. Please read these recommendations about wildland/urban interface areas so you can reduce the risks of damage and increase the chance that your home will survive a wildfire.

Revised Watering Regulations for Properties & Businesses Identified as Extreme Risk

Please be aware that these relaxations only apply to specific properties and only after 3 or more consecutive days where the fire risk danger is in the extreme range. Otherwise normal watering regulations still apply. 

Residential Properties - Lawn and garden watering is allowed:

EVEN numbered addresses
• Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

ODD numbered addresses
• Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Non-residential Properties - Lawn and garden watering is allowed:

EVEN numbered addresses
• Monday and Wednesday, 1 a.m. - 6 a.m.
• Friday 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

ODD numbered addresses
• Tuesday and Thursday, 1 a.m. - 6 a.m.
• Friday 4:00 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

If you need more information, please contact one of the following: