CVRD implements stage 4 water restrictions for emergency fix

Apr 2, 2019 | News

By George Le Masurier

Directors of the Comox Valley Regional District Water Committee implemented Stage 4 water restrictions as of April 12. The restrictions will remain in place during an emergency repair of the CVRD’s main water transmission pipe from April 12 to 22.

In order to maintain sufficient water flows for domestic and firefighting water needs, Stage 4 restrictions prohibit all use of water for any purpose other than drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene.

The CVRD will begin a public outreach and education campaign this week.

The CVRD bulletin says compliance with these restrictions is important. “Non-compliance will make demands on the pipe untenable and the system may not be able to supply the water needed for indoor and firefighting use. If water use extends beyond the system’s capacity, a “do not use” order would need to be issued for the duration of the repairs”

To report water restriction infractions, please contact:

City of Courtenay
Tel: 250-334-4441
CVRD or Town of Comox
Tel: 250-334-6006

For more information about Stage 4 please visit:



During stage 4 water restrictions, all use of water for any purpose other than drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene is strictly prohibited.

Prohibited uses include:
-Watering lawns, gardens, plants and trees in any manner or by any means, including watering by hand
-Filling or topping off or operating residential or commercial pools, hot tubs, ponds or fountains
-Operating local government outdoor water parks and pools
-Washing vehicles, boats or outdoor surfaces
-Irrigating golf courses and other public and/or school district property
-Where reasonably possible, swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains and ponds should be drained for health and safety purposes and such water used for irrigation.
-No new lawn permit shall be issued during Stage 4, and no new lawn permit, whenever issued, shall be valid during Stage 4.

Exceptions to Stage 4 Restrictions:
-Spot cleaning of vehicles and boats with a sponge and bucket for health and safety reasons (windows, lights, license plates, etc.) is permitted.
-Local government watermain and hydrant maintenance is permitted, but only for unscheduled safety or public health reasons.
-Irrigating local government all-weather playing fields is permitted.
-Water use is permitted for farm and agricultural operations, but only for livestock drinking purposes.
-Cleaning outdoor surfaces is only authorized when required by law to comply with health or safety regulations, or to comply with an order of a regulatory authority having jurisdiction, such as WorkSafeBC or a public health inspector.
-Water use is permitted for firefighting.


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