Water Conservation Initiatives

Lawn and garden watering accounts for the largest portion of residential water use in the summer – water demand can be up to 60% higher in the summer than in the winter. Reducing water use for lawn sprinkling purposes during peak periods helps to ensure a sufficient water supply in the summer and can defer the need for system upgrades to the water supply infrastructure. In order to conserve our region's water supply, New Westminster supports Metro Vancouver's Water Shortage Response Plan by enforcing the region's sprinkling regulations.

Check out Metro Vancouver’s “Tips for Water Smart Home & Yard Care" or the Rain Barrel Guide.

Check out New Westminster's Water conservation and composting brochure (pdf)

Rain Barrels

You can do your part to conserve our region’s drinking water by storing rain to use for your plants and gardens. Did you know that lawn and garden watering accounts for the largest portion of residential water use in the summer? Water demand in the summer is up to 60% higher than in the winter because of outdoor uses such as watering plants, yards and washing the car.

The City is providing to residents of New Westminster a 75 gallon plastic rain barrel for $75.00 including taxes. The rain barrels measure 54” high, 42” wide and 21” deep*; please ensure the vehicle transporting the rain barrel is large enough. This offer is for residents of New Westminster only.

Please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691 during business hours (7:00am - 4:00pm) if you would like to order a rain barrel. Rain barrels may be in limited stock and residents are encouraged to call and check for availability.

Payment for the rain barrel can be made by cash or cheque only, at time of pick-up.