September 24, 2021

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is further reducing water restrictions for the Comox Valley Water System and the Black Creek – Oyster Bay (BCOB) Water Local Service Area. Effective Saturday September 25, 2021, users of these systems will now be under Stage 1 restrictions.

Earlier this week, both the BCOB and Comox Valley water systems were downgraded to Stage 2 after Stage 3 restrictions had been in place since mid-August. For the Comox Valley Water System, staged water restrictions are triggered by BC Hydro’s water flow reductions down the Puntledge River. Continued rainfall has enabled BC Hydro to further increase river flows, and as a result the CVRD is able to further downgrade water restrictions for this system to Stage 1.

Recent rains have continued to replenish the Oyster River and ground water wells that supply the BCOB water system, allowing the CVRD to further reduce restrictions of this water system to Stage 1 as well.

For the time being, Royston and Union Bay remain on Stage 2 restrictions. The CVRD will alert residents of these communities when water sources are replenished enough in these areas to decrease restrictions.

The Comox Valley Water System includes the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, and the Comox Valley Water Local Service Area. The BCOB water system include the communities of Black Creek, Saratoga Beach and Oyster River. For more details on permitted water use for these water systems during Stage 1, please visit

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:

Mike Herschmiller
Manager of Water Services
Comox Valley Regional District