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5 Ways We Can Help the CRD’s Water System This Summer

5 Ways We Can Help the CRD’s Water System This Summer
5 Ways We Can Help the CRD’s Water System This Summer

A small shift in the timing of automatic irrigation can yield big results for the region’s water system

Many homeowners in Greater Victoria are careful about watering their yards, following the Regional Supply Water Conservation Bylaw and choosing to have their automatic irrigation systems water first thing in the morning.

However, recent summers have seen high, sudden demand as many of these irrigation systems kick in all at once – typically at 4, 5, and 6 a.m. On days when lawns are watered, water demand can double when this immediate outdoor use falls on the hour and overlaps with early morning indoor use. This can leave the Capital Regional District’s water infrastructure struggling to maintain adequate flow, pressure, and high water quality standards.

The good news is that a few simple adjustments to irrigation start times across your region can make a big difference!

To help, the CRD has added a new lawn watering time: 12:01 to 10:00 a.m. on residential watering days, for timed irrigation systems only. This additional time gives those with automatic/timed irrigation systems the flexibility to avoid peak demand hours and reduce strain on the distribution system.

How can I help you?

  1. Switch to the new watering schedule – Does your home or business have an automatic irrigation system? Switch to the new watering schedule for timed irrigation systems. The water supply infrastructure needs more water to flow between midnight and 4 a.m.
  2. Help is available – Having trouble switching your timer? Check your system manufacturer’s website for a how-to. If you’re still having trouble, email [email protected] for assistance.
  3. Stagger your irrigation start times – Spread the start time of your irrigation system out over the hour to reduce immediate demand. Choose a random time such as 2:23 or 1:41
  4. Practice water-saving habits for lawns and gardens – Gold is the new green! Let your lawn turn gold this summer and it will turn green again in the fall. To keep your lawn green, remember that it only needs 1 inch of water per week, including rain. Water your plants in short bursts so the water can seep into the soil and promote strong roots. Native plants also require little to no water and support biodiversity.
  5. Move other water use – The watering schedule days apply only to lawns – if possible, water flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs on days when the lawn is not watered. And even those without landscaping can help by not using too much water before 10am, aiming for a five-minute shower and putting off running your dishwasher and washing machine until the evening or later in the day.

The watering schedule and many more watering tips can be found at crd.bc.ca/water