Conservation & Restrictions

Water Conservation

Water conservation is important to everyone. Conserving water not only benefits our natural ecosystems, but also helps residents save money. There are many ways to conserve water inside and outside your home from repairing leaky toilets to having a rain barrel to water your garden during the summer.

Conservation also helps sustain drinking water for present and future generations.

Work Towards Conservation

The City of White Rock is working towards conserving water with our consumption based billing, which provides an incentive to use less water. The City also has a 4-stage watering restriction system that runs from May 1 to October 15 every year to assist in water conservation.

For more information about what the City is doing, please see the City of White Rock Water Conservation Plan (PDF). For more information about water conservation, please visit the Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship website.

Water Restrictions

Outdoor watering restrictions are in effect every year from May 1 to October 15. The City supports and promotes sustainable water practices in the protection and conservation of our water resources. Watering restrictions also helps to stabilize water consumption and maintain consistent water pressure during the period of high demand in the summer months. Our 4-stage watering restriction system is put in place as follows:

  • Stage 1 restrictions are automatically implemented each year on May 1.
  • Stage 2 to Stage 4 restrictions are implemented as needed.

Current Restriction Level: Stage 1

  1. Stage 1
  2. Stage 2
  3. Stage 3
  4. Stage 4

Stage 1 Restrictions

  • Residential lawn sprinkling is permitted: Morning sprinkling 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Even numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
  • Odd numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

These sprinkling restrictions only apply to lawns; hand watering of gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds is allowed. When washing a boat or motor vehicle, water hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut off device. Note: multi-family dwellings are considered even or odd according to the overall building number and not the unit number.

  • Non-residential lawn sprinkling is permitted: Morning sprinkling 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Odd numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Even numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday
  • Even and odd numbered non-residential addresses: Friday 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. only

These sprinkling regulations apply only to lawns; hand watering of gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds is allowed. When washing a boat or motor vehicle, water hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut off device.

Did you know? One hour of lawn sprinkling uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads combined? Please keep in mind, your lawn only needs approximately one inch of water (about one hour of sprinkling) per week to stay healthy.

Water Exemption Permits

Water exemption permits are allowed under Stage 1 and Stage 2 water restrictions.

If you have planted a new lawn during summer outdoor water restrictions (May 1 - October 15) and the lawn has not yet established, you can request a temporary water exemption permit from the City.

  • Download and complete the Water Exemption Permit Application (PDF)
  • Permit Fees are $52
  • Permits are valid for only three weeks (21 days) from the permit issue date
  • Permitted watering times are every day for 21 days between the morning hours of 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.

A one-time renewal is available for residents unless the City has entered into Stage 3 water restrictions. Once we have entered into Stage 3 water restrictions, residents will not be able to renew their permit.