Water restrictions

Year-round, assigned day water conservation measures help to reduce peaks in water use, reducing the high demands on our water delivery system at any given time. This allows the system to keep up with the demands for clean drinking water, irrigation and commercial use, while also being able to store water for future use (i.e., in case of local fires).

Normal residential water use restrictions

Properties with an odd number address may water yards and lawns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; even address numbers may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No properties are to water on Mondays.

  • Automatic underground irrigation systems may run between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m. up to three days per week .
    • for example, an odd numbered home can water anytime between 12 a.m. (midnight) and 6 a.m.  on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday.
  • Manual sprinklers can occur between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. and midnight on the assigned day, up to three days per week.
  • Hand watering (or using a spring loaded nozzle or watering can) can occur at any time. 

Assigned day water conservation measures help to reduce peak water demands, using water wisely so that we can continue to supply sufficient water for all our needs without expensive upgrades to our delivery system. See  Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages  for details on all stages.

The current water use restriction "Normal", as described in Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages, is the default water restriction in place at all times, unless a water use Restrictions Stage is declared by the City Water Utility Manager or City Council.

For Commercial Water Use Restrictions, Public Institutional Water Use Restrictions and Agricultural Water Use Restrictions, please see  Schedule E - City of Kelowna Water Use Restrictions Stages .

Need to reprogram your irrigation system?

Below are the links to some of the most common irrigation controllers.

About the City Water Utility

The City Water Utility sources its water from Okanagan Lake and provides water to just over half of the Kelowna population. Over the past fifteen years, the Utility has made significant progress in water conservation efforts, giving us an edge during drought years. The City Water Utility has a metered water system and charges variable water rates. These variable rates demonstrate the value of water to customers by increasing rates as water consumption rises.

There are four major water purveyors operating within city boundaries, each with their own water supply rates, requirements and watering restrictions. Find your water provider, if you are not sure who provides your water. Please check your water provider's website for specific details on watering restrictions for your area.