Stage 3 water restrictions begin Friday for CVRD residents

Most extreme water restriction stage

  • Jul. 2, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Due to extremely low water levels caused by the record-breaking dry weather conditions this spring and summer, and the absence of any significant snowpack over the winter, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will move to Stage 3 water restrictions effective Friday, July 3, 2015.

The Stage 3 restrictions are necessary to maintain an ample supply of community water. The water that supplies the Comox Valley water system originates in Comox Lake and is taken from the Puntledge River and delivered to approximately 41,000 residents. Our water is a shared resource with BC Hydro using its share of the water to generate electricity, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans using it to ensure salmon stocks migrate and thrive.

“We’re asking all residents to turn off their automatic lawn sprinklers, refrain from using manually- operated sprinkler systems, and not to wash their vehicles or boats,” said Dave Leitch, CVRD’s senior manager of water and wastewater services. “We need to change our outdoor water use habits. By reducing our water use, we can minimize our withdrawal from the lake.”

Stage 3 is the most extreme water restriction and essentially requires all homeowners to use water only when completely necessary. During stage three the following 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 (other than in a commercial car wash or car dealership)

These water 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.

Water conservation officers work on behalf of the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and the CVRD to provide education and enforcement of the bylaw. For more information on the three stage bylaw, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/restrictions.

 

Just Posted

Thieves break into mailboxes overnight in Courtenay, Comox

Thieves in Comox were busy overnight on March 17, breaking into more… Continue reading

Man convicted of Courtenay couple’s murder

Michael Philip Simard, 45, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Comox Valley RCMP looking for help to identify shoplifters

The Comox Valley RCMP is asking for assistance from the public to… Continue reading

Haida Manga artist to speak at North Island College

Award-winning visual artist and author Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will speak at North… Continue reading

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

Vernon ordered to reinstate terminated firefighters caught having sex at work

City believes arbitration board erred, exploring options

Dozens of B.C. temperature records smashed as spring brings early warmth

Squamish Airport was the hottest spot in all of Canada on Monday

Hackers seek holes in B.C. Hydro power grid, auditor says

System meets standards, but local outages still a concern

B.C. RCMP stop cyclist with no helmet, find out he’s wanted for murder

Kyle Antonio Dias, 19, to face second-degree murder charge in Toronto

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

Teri Mooring will take over as president this summer

Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious: police

Ben Tyner was reported missing when his riderless horse was discovered on a logging road

Distillers hope federal budget scraps alcohol escalator tax

Tax hike set for April 1, marking third automatic increase in three years time

Most Read