Dry weather, water shortages and extreme fire risk are overriding concerns
This summer is like no other. The warm dry weather began in spring, and the cumulative effects over the last several months have created extreme conditions not normally seen this early in the year, if at all.
Our community is at risk. There is a high incidence of accidental fires as a result of carelessly discarded smoking material, and our reserves of drinking water are shrinking rapidly. As a result, a number of restrictions are now in place to protect our community until the weather changes.
Here’s what you need to know:
Water Restrictions: Stage Two
Metro Vancouver has a four-stage plan to conserve water. We don’t normally go beyond stage one. We are now in stage two, for the first time since 2003.
Lawn sprinkling restrictions are in place. Instead of watering three times a week, you may only water lawns once a week. This applies to municipal lawns as well. Details
- Watering vegetable gardens and ornamental flower gardens is still ok. By hand is best. If you use a sprinkler and the water inadvertently waters some lawn at the same time, you could be fined.
- Permits to exempt you from these restrictions can be obtained from the municipality if you have a new lawn or have treated your lawn with nematodes (to fight chafer beetles).
- Washing driveways, sidewalks or parkades for cosmetic purposes is prohibited. Washing is only allowed for safety reasons.
- Washing your car or boat is only allowed using a hose equipped with a spring-loaded shut-off. (If we move to stage three, car washing will not be permitted)
- Public fountains have been turned off. The wading pool at Dundarave Park is closed.
In West Vancouver, the following water features remain open:
- John Lawson playground (permitted because it is activated by user-operated switches)
- Ambleside Park playground (also user-operated)
- Horseshoe Bay Park Whale (also user-operated)
- West Vancouver Community Centre Fountain (this fountain uses re-circulated water only)
How you can help
In addition to doing your part to conserve water, please report any incidents of prohibited lawn sprinkling or water leaking.
To report lawn sprinkling outside of hours, contact Bylaw and Licensing Services:
604-925-7152 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 7 days a week)
To report a leaking water main:
604-925-7100 (after hours)
Fire - Extreme Fire Rating in effect
Conditions are tinder-dry. In a matter of seconds, a discarded cigarette butt can cause a grass fire that spreads rapidly. In West Vancouver, the Fire Department has put out 22 wildfires in June alone, and almost one per day in July, most of them the result of carelessly discarded smoking material.
The risk of fire is extreme, and a number of restrictions are in place to help cut down on the number of accidental fires.
- No barbecues allowed in parks
- No fireworks
- No smoking in parks, trails or beaches
- No backyard burning fireplaces
- No campfires or open fires in provincial parks or crown land
How you can help
In addition to being fire-safe, be vigilant. If you see smoke, please call 911 immediately.
Parks and Trails - open, with restricions
Parks and trails are still open. If conditions worsen, closures may be necessary. Check the Forest Fire Danger Rating for daily updates.
- All barbecues, both briquette and propane, are banned in all West Vancouver parks due to the high fire rating.
- Smoking in parks and on trails is also banned.
How you can help
If you see a fire anywhere is West Vancouver, call 911.
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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.
Marine Drive Bus Stop Repair and Repaving (19th to 21th Street)
Repairs to the bus stop on the north side of Marine Drive at 20th Street begin on Monday, June 29. Bus stop and curb repairs will take 5 days.
Marine Drive repaving will follow. Repaving from 19th to 21st Street is scheduled to begin July 6, and will take approximately one week (weather dependent).
For bus stop access during construction, please follow instructions from traffic control staff. During repaving, there will be no on-street parking allowed on Marine Drive, and temporary lane closures.
Marine Drive and Taylor Way Storm Sewer Rehabilitation
Storm sewer repairs from the intersection at Marine Drive and Taylor Way to the Capilano River will begin on June 15 and take approximately 3 weeks. Construction will primarily affect access to the trail connections south of Marine Drive. Marine Drive will remain open during construction; however, there may be occasional eastbound lane closures. To access the Capilano Pacific Trail, please use the north side of Marine Drive.
TRRIP – Bus Stop Upgrades
Starting in early June, the District will begin upgrading the accessibility of multiple bus stop locations throughout the District. The transit stop upgrades will improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians, and are funded in partnership with Translink and Blue Bus.
4400 & 4500 block Keith Road
UPDATE: Expect restricted vehicle access on Keith Road from Willow Creek Road to Piccadilly North in mid-May. A detour will be in place and traffic controllers will be on site to direct traffic.
Utilities work will begin the week of February 16 and take approximately 18 weeks. Keith Road will remain open during construction, but there will be times when vehicle access will be restricted.
Queens Avenue & 21st Street Roadwork (Phase 2)
2100 block Queens Ave is closed to thru-traffic during construction. 21st Street will remain open, but vehicle access will be restricted at times.
Utilities work is now complete. Road reconstruction and intersection upgrades begin the week of May 19. Construction in the area is expected to continue until mid-September.
For more information and updates: