Drinking water and watering schedule

Drinking water is a precious resource that is not as renewable as some might think. This is why Gatineau is taking the necessary steps to protect it, reminding its residents of the by-law that is in force on the use of drinking water for watering and washing throughout its territory.

During the heat wave, Gatineau reminds residents to be responsible and reasonable in their use of drinking water, and to comply with the applicable municipal by-law in force until September 30.

Watering schedule

The Water Matters tool helps you figure out when you can water your lawn, vegetable garden or flowers, fill your pool or wash your car.

Enter your addres:
 

You have provided an even address. Please see below for instructions on the use of the municipal water supply.

Please note that during a heat wave or drought, Gatineau may issue further restrictions on the use of its water supply. These will then take precedence over the information provided on this page.

You may at any time call 3-1-1 for additional information.

Mechanical watering*

Days Even Addresses
Mondays Prohibited
Tuesdays Early morning (3 to 5 a.m.)
Wednesdays Prohibited
Thursdays Early morning (3 to 5 a.m.)
Fridays Prohibited
Saturdays Early morning (3 to 5 a.m.)
Sundays Prohibited

*Anything other than manual watering.

Manual watering

Manually watering your yard, lawn, trees, shrubs, vegetable garden or flowers, washing your car or RV, a building or a structure, or filling your pool is permitted as follows:

Days Even Addresses
Mondays Prohibited
Tuesdays to Sundays Any time

Please note that the hose you use must have an automatic shut-off, and that you may use more than one hose at a time to fill a pool.

Exceptions to the watering by-law

Treatment against grubs and other parasites

Mechanical and manual watering is permitted for a maximum of two hours on lawns that have been treated that same day for grubs or other parasites.

Proof of treatment must be posted in a place that is visible from the road, or a notice of infraction may be issued.

Newly seeded lawn or newly laid sod: a permit is necessary

Mechanical or manual watering is permitted for up to two hours a day.

As of May 1, you can get a permit for $15 from any service center. The permit is valid for 14 days from the date of issuance, and it must be posted in a place that is visible from the road.

Bans

You may not, at any time:

  • hose down a courtyard, sidewalk, public or private road, a mound of snow, a property or a driveway;
  • hose down a car, a recreational vehicle, a building or a construction with a hose that does not have an automatic shut-off system;
  • use a hose that does not come from the building for which it is intended; 
  • use more than one hose at a time, unless you are filling the pool; or
  • waste water because of a defective tap or valve.

Control and infractions

Charges may be laid against the owner or tenant of the building where an infraction to the by-law occurs.

Inspectors patrol the city streets, and any failure to comply with the by-law on watering is subject to a $200 fine for a first infraction.

Please note that this information is based on Gatineau by-law number 482-2009, and is being provided for information purposes only. It does not replace the provisions contained in the official by-law.

You have provided an odd address. Please see below for instructions on the use of the municipal water supply.

Please note that during a heat wave or drought, Gatineau may issue further restrictions on the use of its water supply. These will then take precedence over the information provided on this page.

You may at any time call 3-1-1 for additional information.

Mechanical watering*

Days Odd Addresses
Mondays Prohibited
Tuesdays Prohibited
Wednesdays Early morning (3 to 5 a.m.)
Thursdays Prohibited
Fridays Early morning (3 to 5 a.m.)
Saturdays Prohibited
Sundays Early morning (3 to 5 a.m.)

*Anything other than manual watering.

Manual watering

Manually watering your yard, lawn, trees, shrubs, vegetable garden or flowers, washing your car or RV, a building or a structure, or filling your pool is permitted as follows:

Days Odd Addresses
Mondays Prohibited
Tuesdays to Sundays Any time

Please note that the hose you use must have an automatic shut-off, and that you may use more than one hose at a time to fill a pool.

Exceptions to the watering by-law

Treatment against grubs and other parasites

Mechanical and manual watering is permitted for a maximum of two hours on lawns that have been treated that same day for grubs or other parasites.

Proof of treatment must be posted in a place that is visible from the road, or a notice of infraction may be issued.

Newly seeded lawn or newly laid sod: a permit is necessary

Mechanical or manual watering is permitted for up to two hours a day.

As of May 1, you can get a permit for $15 from any service center. The permit is valid for 14 days from the date of issuance, and it must be posted in a place that is visible from the road.

Bans

You may not, at any time:

  • hose down a courtyard, sidewalk, public or private road, a mound of snow, a property or a driveway;
  • hose down a car, a recreational vehicle, a building or a construction with a hose that does not have an automatic shut-off system;
  • use a hose that does not come from the building for which it is intended; 
  • use more than one hose at a time, unless you are filling the pool; or
  • waste water because of a defective tap or valve.

Control and infractions

Charges may be laid against the owner or tenant of the building where an infraction to the by-law occurs.

Inspectors patrol the city streets, and any failure to comply with the by-law on watering is subject to a $200 fine for a first infraction.

Please note that this information is based on Gatineau by-law number 482-2009, and is being provided for information purposes only. It does not replace the provisions contained in the official by-law.

Watering the pavement won't make it grow!

Watering by-law

For more information on the watering by-law, consult the pamphlet Drinking Water: Water Use and Restrictions. You can also consult the complete version of by-law number 482-2009.

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