Starting September 1st, the Comox Valley will be heading back into Stage 3 water restrictions. 

The regional district says BC Hydro will be draining their penstock for planned maintenance repairs, and as a result a higher stage of water restrictions is required to make sure enough water is available for indoor use and firefighting.

During Stage 3 water restrictions, residential lawn and garden watering with a sprinkler is not permitted at any time. 

Residents are also prohibited from pressure washing driveways and boulevards, filling a swimming pool, hot tub or garden pond, or washing a vehicle or boat other than in a commercial car wash or car dealership.

You will be allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables on any day between the hours of 6:00 am to 8:00 am and 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm if watering is done by container or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.

“We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding during these Stage 3 restrictions,” said Mike Herschmiller, Manager of Water Services.

 “We know it’s a significant period of time but we depend on everyone’s compliance to ensure our back-up system is able to provide enough water during this four week stretch.”

Stage 3 restrictions apply to the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, and the Comox Valley Water Local Service Area and will be in effect until September 28th.

For more details about permitted and prohibited activities under Stage 3 visit