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Watering bylaw reminder

Nicholas L. M. Allen

Apr 10, 2024

The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is gearing up to remind residents about watering regulations.

As the warmer weather approaches, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is gearing up to remind residents about watering regulations to conserve water and maintain healthy landscapes. 

In an interview with Patrick Thomas, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, insights were shared regarding the existing watering bylaw and what residents should be mindful of in the upcoming season.

Thomas provided clarity that the current watering regulations are not new.

“We have had a lawn and garden watering bylaw in place for the past 20 years,” said Thomas.

This bylaw outlines specific days and hours designated for watering lawns and gardens to ensure efficient water usage throughout the community.

Highlighting the importance of adherence to the bylaw, Thomas mentioned it is essential for residents to follow the designated watering schedule, which allows even-numbered houses to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while odd-numbered houses water on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

These regulations are effective from April through September, aimed at balancing water conservation efforts with residents’ needs.

Addressing potential adjustments to the watering schedule, Thomas hinted at a forthcoming amendment regarding watering hours, while affirming the continuity of the designated watering days. 

Additionally, he discussed the provision for special permits, allowing residents with newly seeded lawns to obtain a 21-day permit to facilitate lawn establishment, demonstrating the municipality’s consideration for residents’ needs.

Regarding enforcement measures, Thomas outlined the fines for non-compliance.

“Fines range from $75 for the first offense, $150 for the second offense, and $225 for subsequent violations,” said Thomas.

These penalties aim to deter unauthorized watering outside of the designated schedule, ensuring equitable enforcement of the bylaw.

Thomas urged residents to minimize water waste by avoiding over-watering and ensuring irrigation systems are calibrated to prevent runoff. He stressed the significance of deeper root growth through periodic watering, promoting water efficiency and healthy landscapes.

With spring on the horizon, Crowsnest Pass residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the watering regulations and contribute to sustainable water management practices in the community.

The hours and days for watering will be updated at If you would like to report a contravention to this bylaw, please call 403-562-8833.

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