Canada launches competitions for the best dry lawns

23. 08. 2023 | Kristýna Bezděková

Some towns in southwest Canada have started encouraging residents to show off how dry their lawns are near their homes. This is to encourage people to comply with the ban on watering their lawns.

Canadian authorities are offering small prizes for the best photos of yellow-brown spaces in an effort to spread awareness of the recently announced water restrictions, the CBC news company reports.

“We want to play with it a little bit,” said Dave Kidd, who works for the local government in Port Coquitlam. The municipality is part of the metropolitan area around Vancouver that has been subject to a ban on lawn watering since Aug. 4. The measure was adopted here for the first time since 2015 because of a lack of moisture, and the current regime includes other restrictions.

Residents in the cities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission have also been invited to share photos of their dried-up gardens, with authorities offering a chance to win $100 Canadian dollars (about 1,600 crowns) in vouchers for local businesses or up to $150 off their hydro bill.”It’s about not resisting golden brown lawns,” Kidd said, noting that water use in Port Coquitlam normally increases by about half this time of year, mostly just to water the grass.

Large parts of western Canada are currently experiencing an extreme lack of moisture, with the situation in and around Vancouver classified by the government as a “severe drought” in late July. As of late July, large parts of the province of British Columbia were experiencing extremely low stream flows, insufficient soil moisture and significant forest fires, authorities there said in a report last month.

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Kristýna Bezděková

Kristýna is a student of marketing and communication in an undergraduate program. She writes and translates content into the Czech language


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