The Comox Valley Water System currently has no water restrictions in effect

 

At a Glance Water Restrictions Reference Guide

When do we need water restrictions?

These restrictions are necessary to help ensure there is enough water available for fish flows, domestic needs and fire protection.

Residents connected to the Comox Valley Water System rely on water drawn from Comox Lake through BC Hydro power generation infrastructure. We are fortunate to have Comox Lake as the source for our drinking water, but the lake does not offer an infinite supply of fresh water. Learn more about why water restrictions are needed.

Local Service Area Restrictions

Royston Water Service, Denman Island Water Service and Black Creek-Oyster Bay Water Service are connected to seperate water systems and may have different restrictions in place. Click the button below to read about water restrictions in these communities.

Water Local Service Area Restrictions

 

Accepted and Prohibited Activities

For more information about accepted and prohibited water use during each stage of water restrictions, please click on the drop down menus below.

 

Stage 1 Water Restrictions
Even AddressOdd Address

Lawn and garden sprinkling is permitted between the hours of
5 am - 8 am and 7 pm -10 pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Lawn and garden sprinkling is permitted between the hours
of 5 am - 8 am and 7 pm -10 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

During Stage 1 Restrictions:

A person may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn or garden growing on a property with:

  • An even numbered address – Between the hours of 5 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn or garden on any other day or time.
  •  An odd numbered address – Between the hours of 5 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn or garden on any other day or time.
  • Local governments may use a sprinkler to water parks, ornamental lawns and grassed boulevards between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am on even numbered days for even numbered addresses and odd numbered days for odd numbered addresses.

​An Individual May:

  • Water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables on any day with a sprinkler during the prescribed hours for Stage 1 watering restrictions and on any day at any time, if watering is done by hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables by any method during installation and for the following 24 hours.
  • Use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables at any time on any day.
  • Under the authority of a permit, water new sod on installation and during the first 21 days after installation, and water newly seeded lawns until growth is established or for 49 days after installation, whichever is less, with a sprinkler, but only during the prescribed Stage 1 watering hours, and at any time if watering is done by a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water all-weather playing fields at any time if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material.
  • Wash a vehicle with water using a hand-held container or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle and at car dealerships or commercial car washes. 

Exceptions to Stage 1 Restrictions:

  • Owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity, and where such incapacity has been documented by a medical practitioner, are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on any two days of the week for a maximum of nine hours per day.
  • Nurseries, farms, turf farms and tree farms are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government water parks and pools are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Owners or operators of golf courses may water
    (i) trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables grown on golf courses in accordance with stage 1 sections 1 (c) (i), (ii), and (iii) of this schedule; and (iii)  fairways, golf greens and tees on any day if failure to do so will result in permanent loss of plant material.
Stage 2 Water Restrictions
Even addressOdd address

Lawn and garden sprinkling is permitted between the hours
of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm -10 pm on Tuesday and Saturday.

Lawn and garden sprinkling is permitted between the hours
of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm -10 pm on Wednesday and Sunday.

During Stage 2 Restrictions

A person may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn and garden growing on a property with:

  • An even numbered address – On Tuesday and Saturday between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm - 10 pm. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn or garden on any other day or time
  • An odd numbered address – On Wednesday and Sunday between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm -10 pm. They may not use a sprinkler to water the lawn or garden on any other day or time.
  • Local government may use a sprinkler to water parks, ornamental lawns and grassed boulevards between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am on even numbered days for even numbered addresses and odd numbered days for odd numbered addresses.

An Individual May:

  • Water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables with a sprinkler during the prescribed hours and days for Stage 2 watering restricions and on any day at any time if watering is done using hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables by any method during installation and for the following 24 hours.
  • Use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables at any time on any day.
  • Under the authority of a permit, water new sod on installation and during the first 21 days after installation, and water newly seeded lawns until growth is established or for 49 days after installation, whichever is less, with a sprinkler but only during the prescribed Stage 2 watering hours, and at any time if watering is done using a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water all-weather playing fields at any time if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material.
  • Wash exterior windows and building surfaces with water using a hand-held container or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle. 
  • Wash a vehicle with water using a hand-held container or hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle and at car dealerships and commercial car washes.

No Person Shall:

  • Use water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots except as necessary for applying a product such as paint, preservative or stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.

Exceptions to Stage 2 Restrictions:

  • Owners or occupiers of property who, by reason of physical or mental incapacity, are unable to water their property within the restricted days and times, may water their property on one day per week for a maximum of nine hours per day.
  • Nurseries, farms, turf farms and tree farms are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government water parks and pools are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Owners and operators of commercial pressure washing companies may use water but only as part of their normal business operations.
  • Owners or operators of golf courses may water:

(i) fairways at any time on not more than two days per week;
(ii) trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables grown on golf courses in accordance with Stage 2 sections 1 (d) (i), (ii), and (iii) of this schedule; and
(iii) golf greens and tees on any day if failure to do so will result in permanent loss of
plant material.

Stage 3 Water Restrictions

UNDER STAGE 3 RESTRICTIONS NO LAWN  WATERING IS PERMITTED

During Stage 3 Water Restrictions:

  • No person shall:
    • water a lawn or boulevard;
    • fill or add water to a swimming pool, hot tub or garden pond;
    • fill or add water to or operate a decorative fountain at any time; or
    • wash a vehicle or a boat with water.

An Individual May:

  • Water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm - 10 pm if watering is done using a hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables using a hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle during installation and at any time during the following 24 hours after installation is completed.
  • Use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6 am - 8 am and 8 pm - 10 pm.
  • Water all-weather playing fields at any time, but only if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material.
  • Use water to wash sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, exterior windows or exterior building surfaces, but only if necessary for applying a product such as paint, preservative or stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.

Exceptions to Stage 3 Restrictions:

  • Nurseries, farms, turf farms and tree farms are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government water parks and pools are exempt from the restrictions.
  • Local government may use a sprinkler to water parks, ornamental lawns and grassed boulevards between the hours of 11 pm to 7 am on even numbered days for even numbered addresses and odd numbered days for odd numbered addresses.
  • Owners or operators of golf courses may water:
    (i) fairways at any time on not more than one day per week;
    (ii) trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables grown on golf courses in accordance with stage 3 sections 1 (b) (i), (ii), and (iii) of this schedule; and
    (iii) golf greens and tees on any day if failure to do so will result in permanent loss of plant material.
  • Wading pools less than 200 centimetres in diameter may be filled with water up to a maximum depth of 30 centimetres.
  • Vehicles and boats may be washed with water only at car dealerships and commercial car washes using less than 205 litres of water per vehicle wash, or 50 per cent recirculated water, as long as the total amount of water, excluding recirculated water, does not exceed 205 litres per vehicle wash.
Stage 4 Water Restrictions

STAGE 4 – EXTREME CONDITIONS

During stage 4 water restrictions, all use of water for any purpose other than drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene is strictly prohibited.

  • Prohibited uses include:
    • Watering lawns, gardens, plants and trees in any manner or by any means, including watering by hand
    • Filling or topping off or operating residential or commercial pools, hot tubs, ponds or fountains
    • Operating local government outdoor water parks and pools
    • Washing vehicles, boats or outdoor surfaces
    • Irrigating golf courses and other public and/or school district property
  • Where reasonably possible, swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains and ponds should be drained for health and safety purposes and such water used for irrigation.
  • No new lawn permit shall be issued during Stage 4, and no new lawn permit, whenever issued, shall be valid during Stage 4.

Exceptions to Stage 4 Restrictions:

  • Spot cleaning of vehicles and boats with a sponge and bucket for health and safety reasons (windows, lights, license plates, etc.) is permitted.
  • Local government watermain and hydrant maintenance is permitted, but only for unscheduled safety or public health reasons.
  • Irrigating local government all-weather playing fields is permitted.
  • Water use is permitted for farm and agricultural operations, but only for livestock drinking purposes.
  • Cleaning outdoor surfaces is only authorized when required by law to comply with health or safety regulations, or to comply with an order of a regulatory authority having jurisdiction, such as WorkSafeBC or a public health inspector.
  • Water use is permitted for firefighting.

 

 

Reporting Water Restriction Infractions

City of Courtenay

Email
Tel: 250-334-4441

CVRD or Town of Comox

Email
Tel: 250-334-6006

Related Bylaws

Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw - ticket information and fines found on "schedule 19" (page 11)  

Comox Valley Water Conservation Bylaw