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 lawn watering regulations.

Check out Metro Vancouver’s tips on indoor/outdoor water conservation and lawn care.

Rain barrels are a great way to collect rain water for reuse on your lawn or garden. **Please note, the City has sold out of our limited supply of rain barrels.  For more rain barrel options, please check your local retail stores for a variety of rain barrel styles to suit your gardening needs. 

Water conservation and composting brochure (pdf)