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Stage 3 Water Shortage Response Plan In Effect Until Rescinded

Posted July 20, 2015

All forms of lawn sprinkling using treated drinking water are further curtailed. See the At A Glance Guide to know what type of water use is restricted under Metro Vancouver's Water Shortage Response Plan Stage 3 and is enforced by the City of Burnaby. Learn more »

No Smoking in Parks, Trails & Green Spaces | No Charcoal Barbeques in Parks

Due to the dry weather and heat that could result in fire hazards, the City of Burnaby advises all park users that there is NO SMOKING permitted in the Burnaby parks, trails and green spaces.

Charcoal barbeques in City of Burnaby parks and beaches are prohibited. At this time, only propane gas barbeques are permitted. Please check the city’s website for updates on whether all types of barbequing will be banned if conditions worsen. Learn more »

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Water Conservation Tools

With our climate and accessible resources, it's easy to take water for granted. The City encourages residents to use water sustainably to protect our water supply, conserve energy, and help reduce personal utility costs.

Tap into Water Conservation

  • Purchase an Indoor Water Conservation Kit from the City for $10.
  • Use a City Rain Barrel to collect rain water for use in gardens and planters.
  • Follow the Lawn Sprinkling Regulations. Healthy lawns only need 25 mm (1 inch) of water per week.

Other Water Conservation Tips

  • Watering lawns sparingly or not at all saves up to 17,000 litres per household over the summer months
  • Spring-loaded garden hose nozzles save 23 litres per minute
  • Full loads and shorter cycles in the laundry room save 95 litres per load
  • Low-flow toilets save six to 14 litres per flush
  • Toilet inserts save up to 100 litres per day
  • Aerator and flow restrictors on the kitchen tap save up to 20 litres per day
  • Fixed leaks in kitchen and bathroom taps save 47 litres per day

Indoor Water Saver Kit

This kit can help you retrofit your kitchen and bathroom to help reduce water use by 15 to 20 percent. Kits are available at Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way, 4th Floor Engineering.

Price: $10.00 each (includes tax)
Limit: 1 indoor water saver kit per household
Information: 604-294-7460

Each Indoor Water Saver Kit includes:
  • 1 Earth Massage Showerhead
    • Saves up to 75 litres of water during a 10-minute shower
    • Adjustable massage spray that goes from a gentle needle to forceful jet
    • Self-cleaning and maintenance free
 
  • 1 dual setting Touch Flow kitchen aerator (aerators are small screens that screw on to taps and add air to water flow, so you get adequate spray using less water)
    • Uses less than 6 litres of water per minute
    • Choice of aerated jet and wide spray
    • Swivel action for effective cleaning
 
  • 2 faucet sink aerators
    • uses less than 4 litres of water per minute
    • casing of solid brass with polished chrome finish
    • flow control constructed of long-lasting plastic
 
  • 1 package leak detection dye tablets
    • used to test for water leaking from toilet tank to toilet bowl
    • a leaking toilet can waste up to 150 litres of water a day
 
  • 1 shower timer
    • 5-minute shower coach tracks the length of your showers
 
  • 1 roll of Teflon tape
    • Prevents water from leaking at hose and attachment connections
 

City of Burnaby Rain Barrel

Rain barrels are a great way for green-thumbed residents to keep their gardens fresh and watered. With lawn sprinkling regulations in effect from June 1 to September 30, rain barrels are an affordable gardening solution.

Rain barrel water keeps your plants healthier because the water is unchlorinated and oxygen-rich.  Each barrel holds up to 341 litres of water and can help you save on bills and water consumption.

Residents can purchase rain barrels at the City's Eco-Centre, specially priced at $70.00 (includes tax). As quantities are limited, purchase is limited to one barrel per household with cash or debit only. 

For further information, please contact the City's Recycling Line at 604-294-7972.

Additional Resources

Metro Vancouver

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/inpr/su/waho/waho_003.cfm

Recycling Council of BC Hotline
http://rcbc.bc.ca/ 
Phone: 604-732-9253

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