Summer Watering Restrictions


Simple Tips to Maintain a Healthy Lawn While Using Less Water

  • Water one hour per week, whether by sprinkler or rain
  • Adjust your sprinkler timer – ensure you program your timer to abide by local regulations and to avoid overwatering
  • Water early in the morning – this will help reduce the amount of water lost due to evaporation and will help minimize the potential of burning your grass and/or other plants
  • Let your lawn go golden (dormant), the grass will return to green in the fall with proper preparation and maintenance
  • Prepare your lawn for summer conditions by aerating and over seeding in the spring
  • Mow high, this helps shade deep roots that hold water

How much water do we use?

On an average day, Chilliwack uses 34 million litres of water. But in the summer, we have used up to 60 million litres of water in one day!

Lawn watering uses approximately 30% of the summer water consumption.  Most lawns only require 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water per week.  Water your lawn in the morning to minimize the amount of water lost to evaporation.

Why do we need to conserve water?

Using less water saves energy, saves money, and conserves the supply from the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer.  By conserving today, we reduce energy consumption and sustainably manage our precious groundwater source.

Like all other municipalities in the Lower Mainland and most other municipalities in BC, Chilliwack will continue to implement summer watering restrictions to help reduce the high water utilization.

In order to be good stewards of our water resources, the City of Chilliwack is continuing with Stage 2 watering restrictions. This includes watering lawns two days per week in the morning OR evening and allows washing impermeable surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, buildings, etc.) for aesthetic purposes.

Sprinkling of lawns at times other than those listed below is prohibited. 

Violations can be reported to the Engineering Department at 604-793-2907 or [email protected].

Please note: Address refers to street address, not unit numbers.  

For more information on water conservation initiatives, visit our Water Conservation page.

Description Date File Size 
Find out how to maintain your lawn 2019-05-09 3.55MB 
Stage 2 Water Conservation Plan 2020-07-29 376KB 
Stage 3 Water Conservation Plan 2023-07-24 362KB 
Stage 4 Water Conservation Plan 2023-09-19 242KB 
Water Conservation Brochure 2023-07-17 1.58MB 

Exemption Certificate

Instructions for obtaining a Watering Restriction Exemption Certificate can be found here.