July 9, 2019

The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 2 Water Restrictions beginning Monday, July 15 to coincide with BC Hydro’s planned reduction to go below minimum fish habitat flows in the Puntledge River.

Under Stage 2 Water Restrictions, watering days are:

  • Tuesdays and Saturdays for even numbered addresses from 6-8 am and 8-10 pm
  • Wednesdays and Sundays for odd numbered addresses from 6-8 am and 8-10 pm

There are no sprinklers permitted for lawn or garden watering on Monday, Thursday or Friday.

Residents connected to the Comox Valley Water System rely on water drawn from the Puntledge River downstream of Comox Lake Reservoir. During times of drought, BC Hydro reduces the amount of water it releases down the Puntledge River to protect fish habitat and ensure there is enough water storage available to last the summer and early fall.

Very dry weather conditions have persisted since February. Water supply projections from now until September are forecasted to continue that trend and be well below average. Residents should be prepared to move to Stage 3 water restrictions during the month of August should drought conditions persist. The CVRD will be working closely with BC Hydro to monitor the situation and will update residents as needed.

For more information about permitted activities under Stage 2 see the schedule below or visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.

Stage 2 restrictions apply to the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, and the former Sandwick, Arden, England Road, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent service areas, which are now part of the Comox Valley Water Distribution Service. For more information about the merger of these water local service areas, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/watermerger.

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 Contacts:
 

Media questions about Stage 2 restrictions:
Kristian La Rose
Senior Manager of Water/Wastewater Services
Comox Valley Regional District
250-334-6083

Media questions about BC Hydro water management:
Stephen Watson
Stakeholder Engagement Advisor
BC Hydro
Tel: 250-755-4795
Steve.watson@bchydro.com