The restriction will last for five days and applies to Comox and Courtenay, along with the Sandwick, Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco and Greaves Crescent water service areas. B.C. Hydro will be draining the penstock after damage caused by what is believed to be a piece of wood, like a tree branch, got stuck in the penstocks. A gate was damaged allowing water that would normally flow through the generating station’s turbines to be sent down the river instead, which has resulted in high flows. Residents will not be allowed to water lawns or pressure wash driveways and boulevards, fill a swimming pool, hot tub or garden pond or wash vehicles. The regional district says during stage three restrictions, you can:Stage three water restrictions will begin Monday for Comox Valley residents as B.C. Hydro works on unplanned repairs to the penstock that feeds water to the Puntledge River Generating Station.
- Water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6 am and 8 am and 8 pm to 10 pm if watering is done by hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- Water newly planted trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables by hand-held container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle during installation and at any time during the following 24 hours after installation is completed.
- Use micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation systems to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6 am to 8 am and 8 pm to 10 pm.
- Water all-weather playing fields at any time, but only if failure to do so will result in a permanent loss of plant material.
- Use water to wash sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, exterior windows, or exterior building surfaces, but ONLY IF NECESSARY for applying a product such as paint, preservative, and stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repointing bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.