COMOX, B.C. – Social media reports of the Town of Comox staff using sprinklers during the first day of Stage 4 water restrictions turned out to be an equipment malfunction.

This is according to a town staffer, who told the MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom that an irrigation valve lost its seal, so water was “starting to squirt out.”

The staffer said the valve has been shut off.

On the ‘Comox Valley rants and raves for regular folks’ Facebook page, it was noted that the town was watering the boulevards, and that sprinklers have been going for over an hour in the same spot.

Stage 4 restrictions underway

This marks the first day that users of the Comox Valley Water System are Stage 4 restrictions.

The emergency restrictions are in effect until Monday, April 22, while an emergency water pipe repair takes place.

The repair includes welding by a diver, who will access a section of the system’s largest transmission main, located under the Puntledge River.

Over the next 10 days, the system will be relying on a much smaller pipe to supply water to its users.

Cumberland not affected

Meanwhile, the restrictions do not affect the Cumberland water system, which is served by the Perseverance Creek and Cumberland Creek watersheds and a ground source at Coal Creek Creek Historic Park.

Royston residents also receive their water from the Cumberland water system.