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Outdoor Water Use Bylaws

Check your local municipality's Outdoor Water-Use Bylaw before using water for lawns and gardens.

All local municipalities state that houses with odd numbers may only use municipal water out-of-doors on odd numbered days of the month and even house numbers may only use water outdoors on even numbered days of the month. Time of day for watering varies between municipalities. Please refer to your municipality's website for your local Outdoor Water-Use Bylaw. For example, if your house number is 24, you can water on even days (2, 4, 6, etc.).

Newly planted trees and shrubs can be watered for a period of 24 hours after planting. Sod and seed watering details vary between municipalities.

Unless otherwise stated, the Outdoor Water-Use Bylaws are in effect from May 15 to September 30 every year.


Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina and Whitchurch-Stouffville

  • Outdoor water-use is allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on odd/even days
  • One-month grace period for new sod and seed

King

  • Lawn watering is allowed between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on odd/even days

Markham

  • Lawn watering is allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on odd/even days
  • Industrial, commercial and institutional properties also odd/even and only permitted for three hours from midnight to 6 a.m.
  • Two-month grace period for new sod and seed
  • Water-use bylaw is in effect from June 1 to September 30

Newmarket

  • Outdoor water-use is allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on odd/even days
  • One-month grace period for new sod and seed during 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Water use bylaw is in effect all year round

Richmond Hill

  • Lawn watering is allowed between midnight and 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. for a maximum total of four hours on odd/even days
  • This includes industrial, commercial and institutional properties
  • One-month grace period for new sod and seed
  • Water-use bylaw is in effect from June 15 to September 30

Vaughan

  • Lawn watering is allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on odd/even days
  • Industrial, commercial and institutional properties: Watering is restricted to a maximum period of three hours between midnight to 7 a.m. on any permitted calendar day
  • Four-week grace period for new sod and seed

 



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