Black Creek-Oyster Bay Water Moves to Stage Three Water Restrictions

Due to extremely low water levels caused by the record-breaking dry weather conditions this spring and summer, and the absence of any significant snowpack over the winter, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will move to stage threewater restrictions effective Monday, July 20, 2015 for the Black Creek – Oyster Bay water system.  

The inflows to the Oyster River are extremely low right now, therefore, the CVRD will be switching to the ground water wells very shortly. 

“We’re asking all residents to turn off their automatic lawn sprinklers, refrain from using manually-operated sprinkler systems, and not to wash their vehicles or boats,” said Dave Leitch, CVRD’s senior manager of water and wastewater services. “We need to change our outdoor water use habits. By reducing water use, we can minimize the withdrawal from the wells.”  

Stage three is the most extreme water restriction and essentially requires all homeowners to use water only when completely necessary. 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)

Watering trees, flowers, and vegetables using a hand-held nozzle, watering container, micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation is permitted on any day from 4 am to 9 am and from 7 pm to 10 pm.   

These water restrictions apply to properties connected to the Black Creek – Oyster Bay water system. 

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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