Water Restrictions Reduced to Stage 2

As a result of Puntledge River inflow levels set out by BC Hydro, the Comox Valley Water System will be reducing water restrictions from Stage 3 to Stage 2 effective Wednesday, November 16.

This shift in water restrictions is based on the CVRD water licence and water use agreement in partnership with BC Hydro. Although we are reducing water restrictions, rainfall continues to be significantly lower than usual. Please continue to use good judgement with your water use. 

“We want to thank residents for respecting the Stage 3 water restrictions”, says Mike Herschmiller, Manager of Water Services with the CVRD. “While this extended drought is still upon us, the minor increase in river flow allows us to move to stage 2 restrictions. It is still important for Comox Valley residents to remain diligent and continue to be thoughtful with your water use”.

Stage 2 water restrictions will be fully removed once Comox Lake levels return to the seasonal norm and BC Hydro increases the Puntledge River flow above the minimum fish flow of 15.4 cubic meters per second.

Under Stage 2 water restrictions, lawn and garden sprinkling is permitted between the hours of 5:00 am – 8:00 am and 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for even numbered addresses and Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for odd numbered addresses.

For more details about permitted activities under Stage 2, visit our Water Restrictions page.

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 questions about Stage 3 restrictions:

Mike Herschmiller

Manager of Water Services

Comox Valley Regional District


Media questions about BC Hydro water management:

Stephen Watson

BC Hydro