In summer months, water use in the capital region increases by 44%, mostly due to non-essential outdoor uses like lawn and garden watering. The fall and winter rains replenish the Sooke Lake Reservoir and must last the entire year for drinking water, protection against wildfire events and droughts and support vital habitats for many endangered species. By choosing native plants and other lawn alternatives, you can save water, money and time as well as help the environment.

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