Understanding lawn watering restrictions in Waterloo Region.
When Can I Water My Lawn?
During the heat of the summer our lawns often need to be watered. The Region of Waterloo has an outdoor water use by-law that comes into effect when there is a drought or when drinking water storage runs low. Here is a PDF outlining restrictions on lawn and garden watering throughout the Regional Municipality of Waterloo: WATER CONSERVATION BY-LAW. Stage 1 is in effect from October 1 to May 30 in The Region of Waterloo. Stage 2 is in effect from May 31 to September 30. (These are the lawn watering policies as of the time last updated (June 2017). Please check the links at the end of this article if you need to make sure of current guidelines.)
Stage 1 – October 1 to May 30
The Outdoor Water Use Stage 1 is in effect from October 1 to May 30 of each year under normal water supply conditions for all residents, businesses and institutions. At this stage, residents are asked to abide by the odd-even outdoor water use rules: residents with odd-numbered addresses water on odd-numbered days, and residents with even-numbered addresses water on even-numbered days. You are permitted to water your lawn between 7:00-10:00 a.m. and 7:00-11:00 p.m. on your designated days.
Stage 2 – May 31 to September 30
Outdoor Water Use Stage 2 is in effect from May 31 to September 30. During this stage, residents, businesses, and institutions are permitted to water one day per week, according to the number of their street address. See below to find your watering day.
- If your address ends in 0 or 1 your watering day is Monday
- If your address ends in 2 or 3 your watering day is Tuesday
- If your address ends in 4 or 5 your watering day is Wednesday
- If your address ends in 6 or 7 your watering day is Thursday
- If your address ends in 8 or 9 your watering day is Friday
All watering must take place between the hours of 5:30-10:00 a.m. and 7:00-11:00 p.m. Since weekends are already peak water use times, watering outdoors is not permitted on Saturday or Sunday. Residents, apartments, businesses, and institutions with automatically timed sprinklers are expected to adjust their timers accordingly.
When Can I Water My Garden? Watering Restrictions
Other watering activities (watering of your garden, washing of car, topping of pool) can be done every other day based on your address. Odd-numbered addresses water on odd days, even-numbered addresses water on even days. The pool top-up restriction applies only to permanent, residential swimming pools. You can fill an inflatable pool for your kids any time. Furthermore, watering plants or gardens with a watering can or bucket can be done at any time.
Can I Apply To Change My Lawn Watering Day?
Residents who are away on their lawn watering day an apply for a change in their watering day. Applications are accepted starting May 1, and there are a limited number of permits available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once your watering day is changed, you must abide by that day– residents caught watering on their former watering day will be fined. Application to change watering day. In special circumstances, permits can also be obtained to extend watering times.
For more information visit these websites:
- Region of Waterloo – Water Conservation Web Page
- City of Waterloo Lawn Watering Restrictions
- City of Kitchener Outdoor Water Use
- REEP Green Solutions – Water Management. Includes information on Drought Tolerant Native Plants, Rainwater Harvesting, Infiltration Gallery (aka Soakaway Pit), Permeable Paving, and Rain Gardens. REEP Green Solutions is a local environmental non-profit organization empowering our community towards healthier homes and sustainable living. REEP provides the services, tools and programs people need to use energy and water wisely.
Looking for more ways to conserve water and stay green? Check here.