Stage two water restrictions in effect due to low water levels

Due to low water levels combined with low inflows into the Comox Lake reservoir and in anticipation of little rainfall in the days ahead, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has moved to stage two water restrictions until the fall rains begin.

“As of October 1 the Comox Valley water system typically moves to stage one water restrictions, however given this year's situation, the CVRD recognizes the importance of working with BC Hydro and the Department of Fisheries to support water conservation during  low flow periods,” said  Marc Rutten, CVRD's senior manager of engineering. 

BC Hydro has advised the CVRD that since the middle of July the reservoir has been steadily declining.  While currently not in a critical situation, river flows could be adversely affected in the coming weeks unless water conservation efforts are implemented now.  A prolonged fall dry spell reduces the amount of water that is available to be released downstream for minimum fish flow requirements.   

During stage two water restrictions, residents may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn growing on a property with:

an even numbered address, on Tuesday and Saturday between the hours of 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn on any other day or time; and  an odd numbered address, on Wednesday and Sunday between the hours of 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn on any other day or time. 

Other restrictions are outlined in the bylaw and can be located on the CVRD website at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.

Stage two water restrictions apply to areas serviced by the Comox Valley local water system which includes the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco and Greaves Crescent.

The CVRD will be assessing the situation with BC Hydro and will notify residents when a lower water restriction stage is in effect by updating the CVRD website www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions,  its social media pages including Facebook and Twitter and the water restriction signs located in high traffic areas of the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

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Media contact:
Marc Rutten
Senior manager of engineering services
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6080