No Lawn Sprinkling

Stage 3 in effect

Due to low water reserves, Metro Vancouver has activated Stage 3 watering restrictions. This could easily last into November, and it will take an extra effort from our whole community to conserve water until wet weather returns.

Please review the list of Stage 3 water restrictions

News

Traffic bulletin for September 8

After Labour Day, 30 km/hr in School Zones means 30 km/hr again.Read More

Fire bans are lifted

Given the recent wet weather the Fire Chiefs have lifted the ban on barbecues in parksRead More

Water shortage and restrictions continue into autumn

Find out how we’re doing as a community, and how back-to-school will affect our conservation efforts.Read More

West Van traffic bulletin for August 27 - 29

Repaving Marine Drive near Gleneagles School, Queens Avenue repaving postponed. Details here...Read More

Construction Updates

Queens Avenue & 21st Street Roadwork (Phase 2)

UPDATE: Repaving of intersection at 22nd Street and Queens Ave has now be scheduled for September 3 and 4. Intersection will be completely closed from:

  • Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 a.m. to Friday, September 4 at 9 p.m.

Expect detours. Signage and traffic control persons will be on-site.

This will be the last significant closure for this major project.

Queens & 21st details

Police Services and Municipal Hall construction

Construction of the new Police Services and Municipal Hall project is underway. Demolition of the south parkade took place in August. In late September, Esquimalt Avenue will be closed between 16th and 17th Streets.

The south entrance on the main level of Municipal Hall is open as usual, but the lower and lower main entrances on the south side are closed during construction.

Tree and vegetation removal will take place between September 21 and October 2. Once the project is complete, the trees will be replaced. 

Police Services & Municipal Hall Project

Spirit Trail installation near Gleneagles

The week of July 27, the District began installing a new segment of Spirit Trail multi-use path along 6300 block Marine Drive (in front of Gleneagles Elementary School). Marine Drive will remain open during construction, but periodic lane closures are expected and delays are possible. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early September.

Spirit Trail installation near Gleneagles

Hadden Creek Culvert Upgrades and Replacement

Upgrades to the culvert crossing 500 block Hadden Drive begins July 13 and will continue until the end of September. Hadden Drive, east of Southborough Drive, will be completely closed to pedestrians and through-traffic. The remainder of Hadden Drive will be open to local traffic only. Detour signage is in place.

Hadden Creek Culvert details

1100-1200 block Keith Road Water Main Replacement

Water main replacement is scheduled to begin June 29. Work will take approximately 12 weeks and will be followed by installation of a new sidewalk on the south side of this Keith Road segment as well as other pedestrian safety improvements.

Keith Road will remain open during construction, however, there will be times when vehicle access will be restricted.

Keith Road details

Lions Gate Bridge north approach viaduct repaving - POSTPONED to 2016

After careful consideration, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has determined that the paving work on the North Approach Viaduct of the Lions Gate Bridge will be deferred until 2016. The rain forecast for this weekend and the cooler night-time temperatures at this time are year are not optimal conditions for this type of paving work

For more information and updates:

2015 Projects Timetable

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Water shortages: what you need to know

The District of West Vancouver (and all Metro Vancouver municipalities) are in Metro Vancouver's Stage 3 water restrictions. 

What is NOT allowed under Stage 3:

  • all lawn sprinkling (if you have an in-ground sprinkler system, shut it off)
  • using sprinklers or soaker hoses for any reason including to water trees, shrubs, flowers, planters and vegetable gardens
  • private pressure washing
  • washing driveways, sidewalks and parkades for aesthetic purposes
  • washing all vehicles: cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and campers (except for safety—windows, lights and license plates only)
  • filling or refilling private swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains and garden ponds
  • operating ornamental fountains
  • all forms of watering for golf course fairways, cemetery lawns and municipal parks

What is allowed under Stage 3:

  • hand-watering trees, shrubs, flowers, planters, and vegetable gardens using a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle
  • hosing outdoor surfaces for safety (drive-ways, sidewalks, roofs) only if required to avoid health and safety concerns, or to prepare a surface for painting/sealing or similar treatment
  • commercial pressure washing only for safety purposes, or to prepare as surface for painting or similar purposes
  • commercial car wash operations
  • golf course watering of greens and tee areas at minimum levels required to maintain areas in usable condition
  • sports playing field (including sand-based) and school yard watering at minimum levels as required to maintain areas in usable condition
  • artificial turf requiring wetting and outdoor tracks if required for dust control or safety reasons
  • watering turf at turf farms, or flowers and vegetables at commercial gardens

Note about lawn sprinkling exemption permits: At Stage 3, all lawn sprinkling is prohibited, even for new lawns or nematode treatment. No new permits will be issued or renewed for new lawns, trees, shrubs or flowers. Previously issued permits are cancelled. Residents and builders planning to install new lawns are advised to wait until restrictions are lifted.

How you can help

If you see violations of lawn sprinkling restrictions, contact Bylaw & Licensing Services:

604-925-7152 (8 a.m.–8 p.m. every day)

To report a leaking water main:

604-925-7101 (day time)

604-925-7100 (after 4 p.m.)

Questions?

For general information, please call 604-925-7000

Full listing of Stage 3 water restrictions

Water saving tips

Parks and trails: open

Parks and trails are open. The campfire and barbecue bans have been lifted. Check the Current Fire Rating for daily updates.

How you can help

If you see a fire anywhere in West Vancouver, call 9-1-1.

Learn more about summer fire safety tips.

Questions?

604-925-7000

Reducing water use: the District is doing its part too

The District is making changes to operations as a result of Stage 3 water restrictions, as follows:

Lawns and flowers

  • Lawn sprinkling in parks is prohibited
  • Rutledge Field (artificial turf which requires sprinkling for health and safety reasons) is partially open
  • Ornamental flower gardens will only be watered (by hand or using a spring-loaded shut-off nozzle) as needed to maintain health 
  • Golf course fairways will not be watered; watering of greens and tee areas will be minimal
  • Capilano View Cemetery will not be watered

Water play and fountains

  • Most fountains have been shut down, including the West Vancouver Community Centre fountain
  • User-activated water parks (Ambleside, John Lawson) operate on restricted hours. Effective September 8 they will be closed weekdays, open Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 p.m.
  • The wading pool at Dundarave is shut down

Using less water for washing up

  • No washing of municipal fleet vehicles for cosmetic purposes (washing for safety reasons only); this includes buses and fire trucks
  • No power washing; power washing will only be performed if required for health and safety reasons

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Answers to frequently-asked questions about water restrictions

Are water parks still open?
The water features at John Lawson Park, Ambleside Park and the whale at Horseshoe Bay Park remain open. They are permitted to do so because they operate by user-activated switches.  Hours of operation have been reduced and are subject to change

Are wading pools open?
No. Wading pools must be closed under the water restrictions

How come the fountains have been turned off?
Stage Three water restriction requires the municipality to shut down all water features. One fountain, at the West Vancouver Community Centre, remains open because it uses re-circulated water only.

Why are artificial turf fields being watered?
Some kinds of artificial turf fields require hosing for health and safety reasons, and are exempt from the restrictions for this reason. 

What will happen with watering the golf courses and cemetery?
Golf course watering of greens and tee areas at minimum levels required to maintain areas in useable condition; golf course fairway will not be watered. Cemetery lawns will not be watered.

How often are flower beds going to be watered while there are water restrictions?
The district has turned off all automated irrigation systems on flower beds, and will supplement the watering with enough hand watering to keep the gardens alive. 

How often are regular lawns going to be watered?
No lawn sprinkling is taking place during Stage 3 water restrictions–same as residential requirements.

Can I still water my community garden?
Permit holders can still hand-water their community gardens with spring-loaded shut-off hose and watering cans. Residents can still water vegetable and flower gardens with spring-loaded shut-off hose and watering cans. 

Can I hose down my boat at the boat launch at Ambleside?
No. Washing or rinsing of boats, pleasure crafts, or vehicles for cosmetic reasons is prohibited; rinsing of windows, lights and licences only is permitted for safety reasons. It's best to use a bucket for this, not a hose. 

What about power washing driveways?
Washing for cosmetic purposes is prohibited. Washing driveways, sidewalks or parkades, whether using a hose or a power washer, is only permitted if it’s required for health or safety reasons. 

Answers to frequently-asked questions about fire restrictions

Are barbecues permitted in parks and beaches?
Yes, the ban was lifted on September 1. Check the current ratings

Will any of the municipal parks and trails be closed because of the fire hazard level?
Currently all parks and trails remain open.

Is Lighthouse Park open?
Yes, Lighthouse Park is currently open.

Am I allowed to smoke in parks and trails?
No. Smoking in parks and trails is prohibited.

Contact

West Vancouver Municipal Hall
750  17th Street
West Vancouver BC V7V 3T3

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday
604-925-7000

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Current Fire Rating

The current rating is Low

Barbecues: only in designated areas. Charcoal and propane fuelled barbecues permitted in parks and beaches, except for Lighthouse Park

Closures: none at this time
In forests and parks: no smoking, stay on trails

The following are not permitted:

  • backyard wood-burning fireplaces
  • campfires in parks or on beaches
  • discarded lighted matches, cigars, cigarettes
  • burning debris or green waste

Notices

Notices of upcoming public hearings and public meetings and statutory notices are posted here.

There are no notices at this time.