August 9, 2021

The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 3 water restrictions beginning Monday August 16, 2021. These Stage 3 restrictions include the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, and the Comox Valley Water Local Service Area.

During Stage 3 water restrictions, residential lawn and garden watering with a sprinkler is not permitted at any time. Residents are also prohibited from pressure washing driveways and boulevards; filling a swimming pool, hot tub or garden pond; or washing a vehicle or boat other than in a commercial car wash or car dealership.

Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6 am to 8 am and 8 pm to 10 pm only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle, micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems.

For more details about permitted and prohibited activities under Stage 3 visit
Due to the long stretch of hot, dry weather this summer, BC Hydro is reducing water flows down the Puntledge River to ensure there is enough water available to keep the river flowing for fish habitat and migration until the fall rains arrive.

“This change in water flow triggers us to move to Stage 3 restrictions,” explained Mike Herschmiller, Manager of Water Services for the Comox Valley Regional District. “We appreciate the community’s conservation efforts at this time to help ensure there is enough water available for domestic needs and fire protection.”

With the completion of the new water treatment project, the water intake has moved into Comox Lake instead of directly from the BC Hydro penstock, which means that BC Hydro maintenance and repair work will no longer affect the CVRD’s ability to draw water for the Comox Valley Water System. However, the CVRD’s water use agreement with BC Hydro is still directly tied to water storage in the reservoir and Puntledge River flow. For more information, 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.

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Media questions about Stage 3 restrictions:

Mike Herschmiller
Manager of Water Services
Comox Valley Regional District

Media questions about BC Hydro water management:

Karla Louwers 
Public Affairs Officer
BC Hydro