Stage 2 water restrictions start July 1 for Comox Valley Regional District

Stage 2 water restrictions start July 1 for Comox Valley Regional District
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People living in Courtenay, Comox and other areas of the Comox Valley Regional District are being reminded that stage 2 water restrictions take effect Monday, July 1.

The CVRD says the restrictions, which limit lawn and garden sprinkling, are for the Black Creek-Oyster Bay and Comox Valley water systems and apply to portions of all three electoral areas, which are outlined in the map below: 

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Under stage 2 restrictions, sprinkling is permitted between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered addresses, according to the CVRD. It’s allowed during the same times for odd-numbered addresses but on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The CVRD is currently under stage 1 water restrictions and officials say the need for stage 2 comes as drought conditions are likely to increase over the summer months.

Last month, the district launched a water conservation campaign ahead of the usage spike that’s anticipated as the weather warms.

“With summer here and drought conditions increasing, we all need to do our part to conserve water use,” said Kris La Rose, the CVRD’s senior manager of water and wastewater services, in a news release Monday.

“As we’ve seen in recent summers, we’re seeing less rain and higher-than-average temperatures. Reducing our water consumption reduces our impact on the natural environment and helps keep infrastructure costs down for the community.”

According to a municipal ticket bylaw document from the CVRD, using water contrary to restrictions at stage 2 can result in fines.

However, there are exemptions to the restrictions, with more information found online.

The CVRD says the Comox Valley water system services around 50,000 people. Water is drawn from an intake in Comox Lake and flows through a network of reservoirs, pumping stations, and transmission mains or pipes. The Black Creek-Oyster Bay system, meanwhile, provides water to an estimated 2,200 people.

The CVRD adds that it supplies bulk water to distribution systems operated by the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox and the CV Water Local Service Area.

More details about the restrictions can be found here.

(Photo: CVRD)

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