Comox Valley water restrictions upped due to BC Hydro maintenance

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) water system will supply water to consumers via standby pumping stations from Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. until Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m., which will require entering into stage three water restrictions.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) water system will supply water to consumers via standby pumping stations from Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. until Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m., which will require entering into stage three water restrictions.

The stage three restrictions, which are due to BC Hydro’s fall maintenance on the Puntledge River generating station, are necessary to maintain enough water in the system during this time

for household and fire fighting needs. Residents are asked to use water only when completely necessary.

During stage three, the following seasonal activities are prohibited:

• Watering lawns (with manual or automatic sprinklers) or pressure washing driveways or boulevards at any time;

• Filling or adding water to a hot tub or garden pond at any time;

• Washing a vehicle or a boat at any time.

Stage three restrictions apply to everyone living in the Town of Comox, the City of Courtenay and the Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco, and Greaves Crescent water local service areas. All of these areas are served by the Comox Valley water system.

Health regulations require that consumer and business users be aware that the water might be turbid (cloudy) if heavy rains occur. There may be slight discolouration of the water during and after this

period. The medical health officer recommends that if this occurs, the water be brought to a rolling boil for one minute prior to consuming.

Consumers using water during this time should be aware that water quality could change rapidly. It is advisable to keep an ample supply of potable water on hand or in your refrigerator during the time indicated above.

The taste and odour of the water may be affected by the addition of extra chlorine while pumping from the Puntledge River.

Residents living near the pump station can expect some noise from the engines while water is being pumped from the river. We apologize to residents who may be affected.

For more information on the current restrictions including the three stage bylaw, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.

— Comox Valley Regional District

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