Posted on: September 27, 2016

Cowichan Valley Returns to Stage 1 Water Restrictions

Cowichan Valley Returns to Stage 1 Water Restrictions

With the arrival of fall comes cooler temperatures and increased rainfall. The province has downgraded the drought level to Level 2 for East Vancouver Island, including the Cowichan Valley. As a result, water restrictions for most systems in the region have returned to Stage 1.

“We would like to thank everyone in the Cowichan Valley for all their efforts throughout the late spring and summer in conserving water,” says Board Chair Jon Lefebure. “The summer of 2016 brought a second year of drought conditions, with most of the Cowichan Valley being under Stage 2 water restrictions since early June. Climate change is having a significant impact on the region, and can only be addressed by everyone working together.”

Stage 1 water restrictions include:
- Limiting sprinkler use from 7 am to 9 am or 7 pm to 9 pm on even days for even numbered houses and on odd days for odd numbered houses to a maximum of two hours per day
- Watering of new lawns same as above with a permit
- For trees, shrubs and gardens:
- If hand watering, watering is limited to 7 am to 9 am or 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 is permitted

While the majority of municipal and Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) water users are now on Stage 1 water restrictions, Mill Bay Waterworks District and the CVRD’s Woodley Range water system remains at Stage 3.

For more information on water restrictions, drought conditions and fire risk conditions please visit

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