Stage 1 of the Water Conservation Bylaw Use Schedule is in effect May 1 through September 30, each and every year, unless more stringent water conservation measures are required.

The CRD appreciates your water saving efforts and would like to thank all residents in the Capital Region for your continued support.

Water Conservation Bylaw Information

The CRD Water Conservation Bylaw applies to any customers of the regional water supply system receiving drinking water from the Sooke Lake Reservoir in the Greater Victoria area.

The Lawn Watering Schedule applies to residential, commercial & institutional properties.

Even Addresses Odd Addresses
Lawn watering allowed
Wednesdays & Saturdays
4 – 10am and 7 – 10pm
Lawn watering allowed
Thursdays & Sundays
4 – 10am and 7 – 10pm

*For multi-unit properties, the street address applies, not the individual unit number.

Established trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens may be watered by a hand-held hose with a shut-off device or hand held container, or micro/drip irrigation system, on any day at any time.

Established trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens may be watered with a sprinkler on any day, but only during the designated watering times 4 - 10am and 7 - 10pm.

Municipalities may water lawns and boulevards on Monday and Fridays during the hours of 1 - 10am and 7 - 10pm.

What can you do to make every drop count?

  • Go Golden. Lawns naturally go dormant in the summer months and return with Fall rains. If you choose to have a lawn, remember lawns only need 1" of water each week including rainfall during the hottest, driest weeks of the year.
  • Understand your plants watering needs - Limit watering of trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens and use mulch, such as leaves and compost around trees and shrubs to hold in moisture - water with a container or hose with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Avoid washing vehicles or boats unnecessarily, unless for safety reasons (windows and headlights).
  • Sweep outdoor surfaces such as driveways or decks with a broom instead of using a hose or power washing.
  • Continue to reduce indoor use by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes, take shorter showers and run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.


The following prohibitions are in force at all times of the year:

  1. No person shall damage or allow the deterioration of any appliance so as to result in a waste of Water* or Excess water use.
  2. No person shall waste Water by using more water than is required to provide a service, produce a product or complete a task, including but not limited to:

(a) allowing a tap or hose to run water unnecessarily,

(b) the Over-Watering of plants or lawns,

(c) power-washing, using water from a hose, or otherwise applying or using water in a manner that constitutes Excess Water Use, or

(d) using a Motion-Activated Sprinkler Device or sprinkler in such a manner that water spray patterns are not confined to the property on which the device is located and are allowed to spray onto adjoining public or private property.

  1. No person, being an Owner or Occupier of property in the Municipality, shall use water or cause water to be used contrary to the provisions of this bylaw in effect at the time of use.

For complete bylaw information, please see the 4099 - Capital Regional District Water Conservation Bylaw No. 1, 2016.

For more information on water efficiency see our section on outdoor water conservation tips, or call the Water Conservation Information Line:

Tel: 250.474.9684