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

COVID-19

All of our municipal water comes from the Sooke Reservoir, which relies on winter rains to fill it. From May to September it’s usually very dry. Practicing outdoor water conservation can help, however the bylaw is specific to lawn and garden watering only. Please continue to use water for cleaning and handwashing during the COVID-19 health emergency.

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

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 including residential, commercial, institutional and municipal 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 green lawn, remember lawns only need 1" of water each week including rainfall during the hottest, driest weeks of the year.
  • Go golden. Lawns naturally go dormant in the summer months and return with fall rains.
  • Green lawns only need one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week, even in the driest conditions.
  • Use cycle and soak irrigation with three short bursts of water to allow it to seep into the soil, reducing runoff and water waste.
  • Garden with drought tolerant native plants
  • Water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens at the root and use mulch 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.

Resources

Learn more ways to be water wise outdoors.

Garden with drought-tolerant native plants. Adapted to our climate, native plants do not need watering once established.

History of the Watering Schedule in the Capital Region.

Check out the frequently asked questions about the Water Conservation Bylaw.

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