Due to maintenance work by BC Hydro on the Puntledge River generating station this fall, the Comox Valley water system will supply water to consumers via the Puntledge pump station from Sept. 3 at 8 a.m. until Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
To maintain enough water in the system during this time for household and firefighting needs, the Comox Valley Regional District will move to stage three water restrictions. Residents are asked to use water only when completely necessary.
BC Hydro conducts maintenance twice per year in April and September. This typically means stage three restrictions are around seven to 10 days. However, on occasion, depending on the type of maintenance or repair required, restrictions could be up to one month.
During stage three the following activities are prohibited:
o Watering lawns (with manual or automatic sprinklers) or pressure washing driveways or boulevards at any time
o Filling or adding water to a hot tub or garden pond at any time
o Washing a vehicle or boat at any time (other than in a commercial car wash or car dealership)
The restriction applies residents of Comox, Courtenay and the Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco and Greaves Crescent water local service areas, all of which are served by the Comox Valley water system.
Water might be turbid (cloudy) if heavy rains occur. There may be slight discoloration during and after this period.
Residents near the pump station can expect noise while water is pumped from the river.
For more information, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.
— BC Hydro