Level 2 sprinkling restrictions are in effect until September 30 for all commercial and residential properties.
Commercial and residential sprinkling is permitted 4 to 9 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. on the following days:
- Even addresses: Thursdays
- Odd addresses and no civic addresses: Wednesdays
As per Water Use Regulation Bylaw 1538, 2001, no person shall:
- Use a garden hose to wash sidewalks, driveways, roofs, or other outdoor surfaces; or
- Use a garden hose to wash motor vehicles unless the hose is equipped with a shut off device that is spring loaded and operated by hand pressure.
Why are restrictions needed in Whistler?
Sprinkling restrictions ensure an adequate supply of fresh water to meet Whistler’s daily needs, protect natural aquatic habitats, and prepare the community for a wildfire emergency.
By taking measures to conserve water throughout the summer, we can also avoid more restrictive measures in the event of drought conditions.
What happens if you sprinkle outside of permitted times?
The RMOW recognizes that in some cases the regulations may not provide your lawn with enough water. If you have a new lawn, you can apply for a sprinkler permit to water on off days. The permit is valid for 90 days after the date of issuance.
- Download and complete the Sprinkling Permit Application.
- Submit the application to the Municipal Hall with the $30 permit fee.
- After revioew and approval, receive the Sprinkling Permit. The permit will be valid for 90 days after issued and must be conspicuously displayed at the location for which it was issued.
If you sprinkle your lawn outside of designated times and do not have a permit, you could be fined up to $2,000. The RMOW actively patrols for violations.
These restrictions apply only to the use of treated drinking water. Using rain water, gray water, or any forms of recycled water is not restricted. Sprinkling restrictions do not apply to golf courses, sport fields, parks, and public gardens.