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Watering by-law in effect
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Watering by-law in effect

Gatineau, May 5, 2020. – Ville de Gatineau would like to remind residents of some of the provisions in the by-law concerning the use of drinking water in Gatineau. From May 1 to September 30, mechanical watering of lawns is permitted between 3 and 5 a.m. on certain days, depending on the address. Furthermore, the outdoor use of tap water is prohibited on Mondays. This applies to manual watering, filling pools and washing vehicles and buildings.

Water conservation is an individual and a collective responsibility. By complying with the watering by-law, you are helping to keep the water supply stable and constant for everyone.

Quick facts

Gatineau encourages residents to use tap water responsibly at all times. This is particularly important in the summer, when outdoor uses increase the draw on tap water.
In the summer, 50% to 80% of tap water is used outdoors.
- Filling pools and manual and mechanical watering put a lot of pressure on water treatment plants.
The Monday break is needed to refill the water reservoirs.
It is essential that everyone comply with the by-law. Otherwise, Gatineau may have to ban outdoor watering throughout the territory, particularly during heat waves.
Failure to comply with the by-law is subject to a fine. For a first contravention, the fine is $200 for a physical person, and $500 for a legal entity. Administrative fees apply on top of those amounts.
Certain practices are prohibited year-round, including hosing down driveways, sidewalks, mounds of snow and public or private roads.
To read the full by-law and find out when watering and filling the pool are permitted, go to

Watering permit

As always, you can get a permit to water a new lawn or a newly seeded lawn. That permit authorizes manual watering at all times and mechanical watering for up to two hours a day.
- The permit is valid for 14 days as of its delivery date.
Exceptionally, anyone wishing to get a permit should call 311. An electronic permit will be delivered to them, and they will have 30 days after the service centres open to pay the $15 fee.
- This procedure is valid until the service centres reopen or until an online solution is presented.

Associated links

Outdoor watering and use of tap water (in French only)

Règlement 482-2009 concernant l'utilisation de l'eau potable sur l'ensemble du territoire de la Ville de Gatineau

COVID-19 (Ville de Gatineau Web page)


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Ville de Gatineau
Jean Boileau, ARP, FSCRP
Service des communications
Ville de Gatineau

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Reconnue pour sa qualité de vie, Gatineau est une ville de 292 000 habitants. Elle est située sur la rive nord de la rivière des Outaouais, et s'étend à l'est et à l'ouest de la rivière Gatineau.

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