Water Conservation Bylaw

As a customer of the Comox Valley Regional District's (CVRD's) water system, the Town is subject to Regional water use restrictions. The CVRD bylaw has a three-stage water conservation bylaw. Its restrictions apply year-round so that we are always at Stage 1 or higher restrictions. The CVRD increases restrictions to Stage 2 through 4 as required based upon water availability, demand and BC Hydro maintenance projects (we normally draw Comox Lake water from their penstock). The public will be notified of the change to Stage 2, 3, or 4 through the local newspaper and radio or you may wish to phone a local municipal hall or visit a website – see the Contact Information at the bottom of this page.

Although this is a Comox Valley Regional District Bylaw it can be enforced by bylaw enforcement officers from both the Town of Comox and the Regional District. If you wish to report a non-compliance, within the Town’s boundary, please contact Comox Town Hall at 250-339-2202 and be prepared to provide the address in question.

Should you have concerns about the restrictions within the Bylaw itself please provide your feedback to the Comox Valley Regional District office directly at 250-334-6000.

Overview of Stages 1—4

Please note: If you live in a multi-unit building or development then during stages 1 and 2 the word “address” means the main civic address for your building or development – not the individual residence’s unit number. To see the detail on the three stages described below please click this link to see the full Regional District Water Conservation Bylaw Number 129.

Stage 1 – Odd / Even Lawn Sprinkling Days:

People living at an even numbered address may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn on an even numbered date, from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 am in the morning and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm in the evening.

People at an odd numbered address may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn on an odd numbered date, from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 am in the morning and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm in the evening.

Stage 2 – Two Days per week Sprinkling + Other Restrictions:

People living at an even numbered address may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn on Tuesday and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 am in the morning and 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm in the evening.

People at an odd numbered address may only use a sprinkler to water a lawn on Wednesday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 am in the morning and 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm in the evening.

No person may use water to wash sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots except as necessary for applying a product such as paint, preservative and stucco, preparing a surface prior to paving or repainting bricks, or if required by law to comply with health or safety regulations.

Stage 3 – NO Lawn Sprinkling and Other Restrictions:

No one may water a lawn or boulevard; fill or add water to a swimming pool, hot tub, or garden pond; fill or add water to or operate a decorative fountain at any time; or wash a vehicle or a boat with water. Please note that soaker and weeper hoses are prohibited during Stage 3 because they use over 90 litres per hour so are NOT micro-irrigation systems as defined by the bylaw.

Stage 4 – EXTREME CONDITIONS:

Outdoor use of water is prohibited.

Exceptions and Enforcement

A lawn sprinkling permit ($30 fee) is available from the Town of Comox for people who have installed a new lawn, either with sod or with grass seed. These permits make it possible (during Stage 1 and 2 only) for people to water their new lawn outside of permitted days, but still within the restricted hours for a set number of days.

As well, there are other specific exceptions for nurseries, farms, golf courses and public authorities such as the Playing Field Exemption.

The bylaw is in place all year long but will be strictly enforced during June to September, when residential water use is highest. Enforcement of the bylaw will be coordinated by the Town of Comox bylaw enforcement officer who is able to issue fines to people who do not comply.

Water Restrictions Contact Info

Comox Valley Regional District
Phone: 250-334-6000
Website (www.comoxvalleyrd.ca)

Town of Comox
Phone: 250-339-2202
Website (comox.ca)