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Watering restrictions in place as of May 1st

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We’re just days away from Stage 1 watering restrictions in Campbell River.

They will be in place as of Saturday. Once they’re in effect, you can only water your lawn on specific days.

“With the arrival of warm weather, there’s always a jump in water demand, and the City is reminding property owners to be water aware and do your part by following the current stage one watering restrictions,” says Nathalie Viau, the city’s water manager. 

“Even with the water supply stored in the lakes behind Campbell River, the system of pipes and pumps limits how much water we can deliver throughout the community, and we need to have enough water available in the system for firefighting, so watering restrictions come into effect every year on May 1.”

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Watering restriction signs have been installed outside the Dogwood Operations Centre (Merecroft and Dogwood), and at Alder and Coronation.

Lawn watering is permitted as follows:

  • Odd-numbered addresses on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday from 5:00am to 9:00am and 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • Even-numbered addresses on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from 5:00am to 9:00am and 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

There are currently no restrictions on watering gardens, trees, shrubs and community gardens by hand or with spring-loaded type nozzles with automatic shut-off connected to the hose.

Guidelines for water conservation and lawn care:

  • Mow lawns to a length of three inches or more, reducing moisture loss and sunburn.
  • Set sprinklers to water for 20 minutes or less per lawn watering session.
  • Water for a maximum of two sessions per week, to encourage deep root systems.
  • Provide good aeration and drainage to create a healthy lawn.

“City staff will be out and about in the community this summer, to educate people on the water restrictions and to provide tips for using water more efficiently,” Viau adds.

More information is available at, including permitted watering activities, watering times for non-residential properties and watering restriction stages and schedules.

You can also email questions to or call the water hotline (250-203-2316).

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