Other than a little bit of rain last Friday, much of the Lower Mainland and the Tri-Cities is parched from the dry weather.
That usually means lush green lawns turn a little brown.
And in some cases, it drives homeowners to break the law when it comes to watering.
As of June, lawn-sprinkling regulations have been in place across Metro Vancouver, but that hasn't stopped some Tri-Cities residents from getting in a little extra water time.
Between June 1 and July 31, the City of Coquitlam issued 40 verbal warnings, 278 written water conservation warnings and two $75 fines.
Caresse Selk, the city's environmental stewardship coordinator, said the city is seeing an increase in the number of sprinkling infractions, but that's mostly because of the dry weather this summer.
"Generally people seem to be doing a good job [obeying the regulations]," she told the Tri-Cities NOW.
By this time last year, the city had issued 66 verbal warnings, 75 written warnings and one fine.
At the end of the 2012 season in September, Coquitlam had handed out 147 verbal warnings, 255 written warnings and five fines.
In 2012, the city adopted Metro Vancouver's morning-only sprinkling regulations. To allow residents sufficient time to transition into these new regulations, Selk said staff focused on education and outreach rather than enforcement.
She explained the city tries to educate homeowners before leveling fines. The first step is a verbal warning, followed by a written warning then a fine.
The city has three dedicated water conservation bylaw officers who patrol neighbourhoods looking for people sprinkling their lawns.
The city also gets a fair number of calls from the public.
In all three Tri-Cities, even-numbered addresses can water lawns on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 4 to 9 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 4 to 9 a.m.
Selk said the city is trying to emphasize to residents they don't need to water their lawns for more than one hour per week.
In Port Coquitlam, the approach is a little different. The city hasn't issued any fines so far this year, and just six warnings. According to a spokesperson, the city doesn't seek people out who are not following the regulations. Instead, warnings are issued based on complaints from the public.
If a complaint is valid, the city issues a warning notice and an information package.
The city noted this year there were four other complaints that turned out to be unfounded.
Last year PoCo had 12 calls regarding unauthorized sprinkling, but did not issue any fines.
Requests for numbers from the City of Port Moody were not returned by deadline.
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