Serious water use limitations will last for eight days in Comox Valley

Comox Valley water system users will be affected by severe Stage Three restrictions from April 6 at 8 a.m. until April 14 at 4:30 p.m., says the Comox Valley Regional District.

Comox Valley water system users will be affected by severe Stage Three restrictions from April 6 at 8 a.m. until April 14 at 4:30 p.m., says the Comox Valley Regional District.It’s being done during BC Hydro’s spring maintenance on the Puntledge River generating station to maintain enough water in the system for household and firefighting needs. Residents are asked to use water only when necessary.  The following seasonal activities are temporarily 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.This applies 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.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. Taste and odour of the water may be affected by the addition of extra chlorine while pumping from the Puntledge River.For more information on the current restrictions including the three stage bylaw, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.