Water

Saanich police and fire boats were kept busy at Elk Lake on June 25 with two rescues involving four children. (File photo courtesy Saanich Police Department)

4 children rescued far from shore during busy day at Saanich’s Elk Lake

Incidents prompt water safety warning from Saanich police

 

A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man’s body recovered from Nanaimo lake after apparent drowning

Victim went for a swim Sunday, searchers found body Monday

 

Supplied picture of the Comox Dam

Water supply for Puntledge River system better than original forecast: BC Hydro

While many have been lamenting the wetter than usual spring, it is…

  • May 9, 2022

 

Annual stage 1 water restrictions start in May. File photo

Annual stage 1 watering restrictions start May 1 for Comox Valley

First step helps prepare for the second stage once lake levels start to drop

Annual stage 1 water restrictions start in May. File photo
CVRD staff will compile a report about options to find alternative voting structures for water. File photo

Comox director hopes for more equitable water vote structure

Comox director Ken Grant takes issue with the assignment of weighted votes…

CVRD staff will compile a report about options to find alternative voting structures for water. File photo
Perseverance Creek’s watershed is the focus of a local planning initiative, though the province is now working on a watershed strategy of its own. Screenshot, Scott Bell video on cumberlandforest.com

Cumberland sending message to province about watershed

Community has also launched its own Perseverance watershed plan

Perseverance Creek’s watershed is the focus of a local planning initiative, though the province is now working on a watershed strategy of its own. Screenshot, Scott Bell video on cumberlandforest.com
Work is underway to bring water access back to the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu after a barge broke a primary water line. (District of Ucluelet photo)

More bad news for Ucluelet First Nation as it enters second week without water

Barge-damaged water line from Ucluelet to Hitacu deemed beyond repair

Work is underway to bring water access back to the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu after a barge broke a primary water line. (District of Ucluelet photo)
Senior governments are contributing money to a water treatment project on Denman Island. File photo

Senior governments fund Denman Island water treatment project

Senior governments are contributing money to a water treatment project that will…

Senior governments are contributing money to a water treatment project on Denman Island. File photo
Recent rainstorms and mudslides have brought up questions about water and sewer capacity in the Comox Valley. File photo

Extreme weather raises questions about Comox Valley sewer, water capacity

So far, it seems the Comox Valley has dodged a bullet as…

Recent rainstorms and mudslides have brought up questions about water and sewer capacity in the Comox Valley. File photo
Perseverance Creek’s watershed is the focus of a major planning initiative between the Village of Cumberland and other partners. Screenshot, Scott Bell video on cumberlandforest.com

Cumberland looks to protect Perseverance Creek watershed

Planning initiative includes village, Mosaic, forest society and KFN

Perseverance Creek’s watershed is the focus of a major planning initiative between the Village of Cumberland and other partners. Screenshot, Scott Bell video on cumberlandforest.com
Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)

Greater Victoria reservoir close to overflow a month earlier than ever before

CRD’s primary water source nears 100 per cent of capacity, spillage would affect Sooke River flows

Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Roberta Hicks de Plumpton has a front row seat to the high water on the Chemainus River. Husband Clive’s Great Wall protects the property from the flood waters. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Great Wall of Westholme the ultimate barrier between the Hicks household and Chemainus River

Husband’s legacy ensures rising flood waters are kept at bay

Roberta Hicks de Plumpton has a front row seat to the high water on the Chemainus River. Husband Clive’s Great Wall protects the property from the flood waters. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Members of the Iqaluit Fire Department assist with flushing the city’s water pipes in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Engineers say the source of fuel in Iqaluit’s water likely comes from an underground fuel tank built in 1962. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dustin Patar
Members of the Iqaluit Fire Department assist with flushing the city’s water pipes in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Engineers say the source of fuel in Iqaluit’s water likely comes from an underground fuel tank built in 1962. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dustin Patar
Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Underground fuel spill found next to Iqaluit’s water treatment plant

No timeline for when the city’s residents will be able to drink Iqaluit’s tap water again

Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
The Comox Valley Regional District has moved most water restrictions back to Stage 1. Black Press file photo

Comox Valley Regional District moves most water restrictions to Stage 1

Royston and Union Bay residents remain at Stage 2 for water use for now

The Comox Valley Regional District has moved most water restrictions back to Stage 1. Black Press file photo
Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)

B.C. urged to conserve water as drought conditions persist through summer’s end

Recent rains have alleviated drought conditions in some parts of B.C., but severe drought remains

Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)
Surveying the Chemainus River watershed provides some interesting insights for Erik Piikkila. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island forester says more than climate change behind our trickling rivers

Expert says the status quo not going to cut it anymore in our forests and watersheds

Surveying the Chemainus River watershed provides some interesting insights for Erik Piikkila. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Water use on the Koksilah River has been curtailed again this year due to critically low water flows. (File photo)

Cowichan’s Koksilah River flows hit critical level, B.C. orders some to turn off taps

Water use curtailed for industrial purposes, as well as for irrigation of forage crops

Water use on the Koksilah River has been curtailed again this year due to critically low water flows. (File photo)
Residents in Black Creek, Saratoga and Oyster River are on Stage 3 watering restrictions as of Aug. 16. File photo

Stage 3 water restrictions for Black Creek, Saratoga

“These sources need to be carefully managed during drought conditions”

Residents in Black Creek, Saratoga and Oyster River are on Stage 3 watering restrictions as of Aug. 16. File photo
Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle, micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Comox Valley Water System initiating Stage 3 restrictions

The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 3 water restrictions…

Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle, micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE