Comox Valley is moving to Stage 2 watering restrictions. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

BC Hydro water flow reductions call for Stage 2 water restrictions in the Comox Valley

Comox Valley water system users are being asked to tighten their water usage.

The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 2 water restrictions beginning Friday, July 23 to coincide with BC Hydro’s planned water flow reduction in the Puntledge River. These Stage 2 restrictions apply to the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, and the Comox Valley Water Local Service Area.

Under Stage 2 Water restrictions, watering days are:

• Tuesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered addresses from 6-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m.

• Wednesdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses from 6-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m.

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 Comox Lake Reservoir. 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. However, the CVRD’s water use agreement with BC Hydro is still directly tied to water storage in the reservoir and Puntledge River flow. When BC Hydro reduces flow in the Puntledge as is the case currently, this change in flow automatically triggers a higher level of water restrictions for the water system.

The CVRD will be working closely with BC Hydro to monitor the situation and will update residents as needed. BC Hydro reduces the amount of water it releases down the Puntledge River to ensure there is enough water available to keep the river flowing optimally for fish habitat and migration until the fall rains arrive.

For more information, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/whyweneedrestrictions

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