Water Restrictions Kick In June 1

Chilliwack/Abbotsford/Vancouver – June 1 means water restrictions kick in for the Fraser Valley as well as Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Those rules have already been in place for Abbotsford. Check with your local government website for further information.

In Abbotsford:

Watering Restrictions May 1 to September 30
OR as determined by the General Manager of Engineering & Regional Utilities

Even numbered addresses:
Wednesday and Saturday
6:00 am to 8:00 am ONLY

Odd-numbered addresses:
Thursday and Sunday
6:00 am to 8:00 am ONLY

  • Impermeable surface washing, must use hand-held container or hose equipped with a spring-loaded shut off device

  • Car washing on grass or gravel areas, may be carried out using a hand-held wand or hose equipped with a spring-loaded shut off device

  • Vehicle and Boat Washing, must use a hand-held container or hose equipped with a spring loaded shut-off and it should be washed over a grass or gravel surface

  • Newly seeded or sodded lawn, property owners may obtain a New Lawn Permit from the Engineering Department

New lawn permit (May, June and September): $50 – daily watering permitted 6:00 am – 8:00 am only, for a two week period

New lawn permit (July, August): $100 – daily watering permitted 6:00 am – 8:00 am only, for a two week period.

In Chilliwack :

How much water do we use?

On an average day, Chilliwack uses 28 million litres of water. But in the summer, we use up to 52 million litres of water per 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.

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

Violations can be reported to the Engineering Department at .

Water Sprinkling Regulations

Effective June 1st – September 30th

Even Numbered Address Odd Numbered Address
Days Permitted Wednesday & Saturday Thursday & Sunday
Times Permitted 5:00 am to 8:00 am OR 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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