Lawn Watering

The best time is early morning, between about 5 and 8 a​m, for no more than ~30 minutes.

To ensure we always have enough water to meet the needs of everyone in BWG, we need to work together to manage our water use, especially in the summer when demand for water is at its peak.

BWG's Lawn Watering By-law was enacted in 2014 to help balance the use of our municipal water supply. This helps ensure that in addition to normal daily activities like drinking, cooking and bathing, we also have enough water for emergency uses like firefighting.

Lawn Watering Regulations

Between June 1 and September 30 of every year ​​​​watering of lawns, gardens, and other landscaping is only permitted between 6:00 pm and 8:00 am​, and only at:​

  • EVEN numbered addresses on EVEN numbered days; and
  • ODD numbered addresses on ODD numbered days​

For example: a house with an odd-number address like 13, 1271 or 899 can water on any odd-number date like June 5th or August 17th - but not on an even date like July 6th or September 22nd.


Watering is permitted outside of the dates and times specified only in the following circumstances:

  • You may water newly planted trees, shrubs and flowers, while they are being installed and again 24 hours after installation.
  • You may water lawns immediately after fertilizer treatment and again 24 hours after treatment.
  • You may water new sod as required for a period of 30 days after the sod has been laid.

Water-Saving Tips

  • Your lawn only needs about one inch of water per week including ​rainfall, and it is best to water in the very early morning.
  • Don't over-water your lawn. Too much water or fertilizer can lead to shallow roots and a lawn unable to cope with droughts.
  • Rain barrels save you money by collecting rainwater that can be used for watering flower beds and vegetable gardens. They can be purchased at most hardware stores.
  • Remember to inspect your lawn sprinkler system on a regular basis for leaks and ensure it's set up so that water isn't wasted on streets and sidewalks.
  • Additional restrictions on activities like lawn watering and car washing will be imposed if drought causes reservoir levels to become low.

Address: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 100 Dissette St., Unit 7&8, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2A7

Phone: 905-775-5366, Send an Email

By GHD Digital