Extended Water Restrictions for September’s Maintenance Work

Due to some significant maintenance work being completed by BC Hydro on the Puntledge River generating station this fall, the Comox Valley water system will be supplying water to consumers via the Puntledge pump station from Tuesday September 3rd at 8 a.m. until Tuesday, September 24th at 4:30 p.m.

To maintain enough water in the system during this time for household and fire-fighting needs, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will move to stage three water restrictions. Residents are asked to use water only when completely necessary.

For many residents it will come as no surprise that BC Hydro conducts its maintenance twice per year, in April and September. This typically means that stage three water restrictions are around seven to 10 days, however on occasion, depending on the type of maintenance or repair work required, it could be up to one month in length.  

During stage three the following activities are prohibited:

  • Watering lawns (with manual or automatic sprinklers) or pressure washing driveways or boulevards at any time
  • Filling or adding water to a hot tub or garden pond at any time
  • Washing a vehicle or a boat at any time (other than in a commercial car wash or car dealership)

Who this applies to:
This stage three water restriction applies to everyone living in the Town of Comox, the City of Courtenay and the Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco, and Greaves Crescent water local service areas. All of these areas are served by the Comox Valley water system. 

Water Quality & Supply
Health regulations require that consumer and business users be aware that the water might be turbid (cloudy) if heavy rains occur. There may be slight discolouration of the water during and after this period.

Engine Noise near the Puntledge River
Residents living near the pump station can expect some noise from the engines while water is being pumped from the river. We apologize to residents who may be affected. 

For more information on the current restrictions including the three stage bylaw, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.

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.

Media contact:
Koreen Gurak
Manager of communications
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel:  250-334-6066