Conservation and 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.

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 restrictions that runs from May 15 to October 15 every year assist in water conservation.

For more information about what the City is doing, please see the City of White Rock Water Conservation Plan

For more information about water conservation, please visit the Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship website.

Water Restrictions

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

Outdoor watering restrictions are in effect every year from May 15 to October 15. The City supports and promotes sustainable water practices in the protection and conservation of our water resources. Watering restrictions also assists to stabilize water consumption and maintain consistent water pressure during the period of high demand in the summer months.

Stage 1 restrictions are automatically implemented each year on May 15.

Stage 2 to stage 4 restrictions are implemented as needed.

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.

Stage 1 Restrictions

Residential lawn sprinkling is permitted: Morning sprinkling 4:00 a.m.-9:00 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 other than at commercial car wash, 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 1:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.

Even numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday

Odd numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday 

Even & odd numbered non-residential addresses: Friday 4:00 a.m.-9:00 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.

Stage 2 Restrictions

Residential lawn sprinkling is permitted: Morning sprinkling 4:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Even numbered addresses: Wednesday

Odd numbered addresses: Thursday

These sprinkling regulations apply only to lawns, and not to hand watering of gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds. When washing a boat or motor vehicle other than commercial car wash, water hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut off devise.

Non-residential lawn sprinkling is permitted: Morning sprinkling 1:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.

Even numbered addresses: Monday

Odd numbered addresses: Tuesday

These sprinkling regulations apply only to lawns, and not to hand watering of gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds. When washing a boat or motor vehicle other than commercial car wash, water hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut off devise.

Stage 3 Restrictions

Lawn sprinkling is not permitted for residential or non-residential properties.

Residential and commercial gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds may only be watered by hand, by containers or drip irrigation. Hand washing of vehicles is restricted to features required for safety (i.e. windows, lights and license plates). Refilling of private, commercial and public swimming pools is prohibited.

Stage 4 Restrictions

Outdoor water use in not permitted:

  • No lawn sprinkling by residential and commercial properties
  • No watering of residential or non-residential gardens, shrubs, trees and flower beds by any method
  • No washing of vehicles using any method except for features required for safety (i.e. windows, lights and license plates)
  • No refilling of private, commercial and public garden ponds, ornamental fountains, hot-tubs or swimming pools

To report a watering restriction violation, please call the City of White Rock Bylaws Department at 604.541.2181 or email water@whiterockcity.ca

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 restrictioins (May 15 - 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
  • Permit Fees are $51.00
  • 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 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

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