Black Creek-Oyster Bay area residents are seeing eased watering restrictions now that crews have repaired a “major leak” in the local water system, according to the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD).
On July 20, the CVRD said piping next to the area’s water treatment plant was cracked and needed extensive repair, prompting Stage 3 water restrictions for around 2,200 residents.
A bypass was temporarily installed until the pipe could be fixed, meaning the amount of water available to locals was “significantly” reduced and several activities, including watering a lawn, were not permitted.
In a Friday, Aug. 12 update, the CVRD said that the repair work was completed and the area could go back to Stage 2 water restrictions, which was the previous restriction level before the leak was identified.
Under Stage 2 water restrictions, the CVRD asks residents to stagger lawn and garden watering. The full list of restrictions can be found online here.
“Thank you to our incredible team for their dedication and hard work to locate the leak and have things fixed in just over three weeks,” said Kris La Rose, senior manager of Water/Wastewater Services at the CVRD.
La Rose says repairs like this can be “very difficult” to diagnose but finds crews responded and handled the challenges well.
“I also want to thank residents and water users in the Black Creek-Oyster Bay area, who followed our request and significantly reduced their water consumption during this time,” La Rose added.