Water Conservation Initiatives

Water conservation is not just about water shortages. It is more effective and less costly to conserve water than it is to build new infrastructure.

Long-range climate projections show that our region can expect longer summer dry spells and decreased winter snowpack, limiting future summer water availability.

Metro Vancouver’s per capita water use has been steadily declining for over a decade, but continued population growth – about 35,000 people every year – is expected to increase overall water demand in the coming years. On average, Metro Vancouver residents use over 400 liters per day for washing dishes and clothes, showering, flushing toilets, watering lawns and other outside activities.

Metro Vancouver Water Shortage Response Plan

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 lawn watering regulations.  

Rain Barrel Program 

Rain barrels are a great way for you to keep your gardens watered and growing. Rain barrel water is healthier for your plants as it is unchlorinated and oxygen-rich.

With lawn watering restrictions in effect from May 1 to Oct. 15, rain barrels are an affordable and sustainable gardening solution.

A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from the roof to reuse on gardens, lawns, and hanging baskets.


  • 208 Liters (55 gallon) capacity: 34 inches high by 24 inches wide
  • Easily accommodates existing downspouts
  • Made of 50% recycled materials
  • Overflow capability, can be linked to another rain barrel
  • Square shape and neutral color blends into any gardenscape
  • Stainless steel screen keeps out bugs and leaf debris

How to purchase a Rain Barrel:

  • Cost is $70 + GST
  • Proof of New Westminster Residency is required

Options to purchase the rain barrel:

  • Pay in-person by cash, credit card, or cheque at City Hall
  • Online: email for order and payment

Once payment is complete you will be instructed on how to pick up your new rain barrel:

  • Proof of Purchase is required to pick up the rain barrel
  • Pickup is at the Engineering Works Yard at 901 First St.
    • Phone: 604.526.4691
    • Pickup: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday (excluding statutory holidays)


For general inquires: email or call Engineering Administration 604.527.4592

Water Usage Calculator

Find out how much water is used in your home with the Alliance for Water Efficiency's Water Calculator.

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