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Posted on: June 6, 2016

Stage 2 Water Restrictions Now in Effect

Effective immediately, Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect for majority of communities across the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). These restrictions are the result of the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island currently being at drought level 3 or very dry and are consistent with the Provincial Government’s request for water purveyors to conserve water. The restrictions apply to water systems serviced by the CVRD, local municipalities Cowichan Tribes, Stz’uminus First Nation, Cowichan Bay Improvement District and Mill Bay Waterworks District.

"All parts of the Cowichan Valley have experienced lower than average rainfall and higher than average temperatures this spring," explains Board Chair Jon Lefebure. "The combination has left many of our rivers, streams and lakes with record low water levels. By jointly moving to Stage 2 restrictions early in the year, we’re supporting conservation and helping to preserve our valuable water resources.”

Stage 2 water restrictions include:
- Limiting sprinkler use from 7 am to 9 am and 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays for even numbered houses and on Thursdays and Sundays for odd numbered houses to a maximum of two hours per day
- No permits issued for watering of new lawns
- For trees, shrubs and gardens:
- If hand watering, watering is limited to 7 am to 9 am and 7 pm to 9 pm for a maximum of two hours per day
- If using micro or drip irrigation, watering is permitted anytime, up to a maximum of 4 hours per day
- Washing houses, driveways and sidewalks not permitted

The CVRD and its municipal partners will continue to monitor drought and fire risk conditions and will adjust the watering restrictions accordingly. Many parts of the CVRD are at the high fire danger level. Backyard burning is not allowed but campfires may still be allowed depending on where you live. Check your local burning restrictions prior to lighting up.

During the month of May, many areas of the Cowichan Valley received below average rainfall.
- North Cowichan 7.3mm or 14.5% of normal rainfall
- Shawnigan Lake 10.8mm or 21.3% of normal rainfall

For more information on water restrictions, drought conditions and fire risk conditions please visit cvrd.bc.ca/drought.

Drought information
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