The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 3 Water Restrictions beginning Friday, September 7 at 8 am until Friday, September 14 at 4:30 pm. During this time BC Hydro will conduct annual maintenance and repair work at the Puntledge River generating station. Fish screens will also be cleaned to help redirect salmon back to the river. At the conclusion of this maintenance period, the Comox Valley Water System will be returning to Stage 2 restrictions.
"During Stage 3 the Comox Valley water system will be supplying water to residents from the standby Puntledge pump station and we require this heightened restriction since this station is unable to meet peak demand as well as maintain flows for fire protection," said General Manager of Engineering Services Marc Rutten. “Even with the ongoing dry conditions we haven’t had to move to Stage 3 yet this summer due to a healthy initial snowpack and the Puntledge River being a controlled water system managed by BC Hydro.”
These restrictions apply to the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, and the Sandwick, Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco and Greaves Crescent Water Local Service Areas.
During Stage 3 Water Restrictions, residential lawn and garden watering with a sprinkler is not permitted at any time. Residents are also prohibited to pressure wash driveways and boulevards; fill a swimming pool, hot tub or garden pond; or wash a vehicle or boat (other than in a commercial car wash or car dealership).
A resident may:
For more details about Stage 3 water restrictions 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.
Mike Herschmiller, Manager of Water Services