Co-operation conserved water

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) reports that water supply and pressure were maintained thanks to the co-operation of those water users affected by the recent Stage Three restrictions from Sept. 12 to 23.

  • Sep. 27, 2011 12:00 p.m.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) reports that water supply and pressure were maintained thanks to the co-operation of those water users affected by the recent Stage Three restrictions from Sept. 12 to 23.The restrictions were required due to BC Hydro’s fall maintenance on the Puntledge River generating station, which meant that the CVRD water system had to supply water to consumers via standby pumping stations.The Stage Three restrictions — which prohibit lawn watering, power washing driveways, etc. — were necessary to maintain enough water in the system for household and firefighting needs. “Residents were asked to use water only when completely necessary so that we could maintain adequate pressure and quantity in the system, and our data tell us that our water users diligently followed the restrictions,” said Marc Rutten, the CVRD’s senior manager of engineering services. “Once the restrictions began, there was an immediate and significant reduction of 37 per cent in water use.”The CVRD used advertising, news releases, its website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and signs in high-visibility areas around the Comox Valley to keep residents aware of the stage of the water restrictions.Information on watering restrictions at any time of the year can be found on the CVRD’s website at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.— Comox Valley Regional District

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