Water restrictions for Lake Cowichan and the Cowichan Valley Regional District have been downgraded to Stage 1 from Stage 3.
“With significant increases in water storage at Lake Cowichan, substantial reductions in water demand and precipitation forecasted well into the foreseeable future, all local governments in the Cowichan Valley will downgrade the restrictions to Stage 1 effective Friday, October 9,” said a press release from the CVRD.
Stage 1 restrictions include:
• Residents with even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered days, between 6 and 8 a.m. or 8 and 10 p.m; residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered days (maximum 2 hours per day);
• Commercial enterprises that use water – power washing or window washing companies, for example – are permitted;
• people can wash cars, boats, driveways and houses;
• Hand watering trees, shrubs, flowers, or vegetables is allowed any day of the week from 6 to 8:00 a.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. using a hose with a spring-loaded nozzle or a bucket (maximum 2 hours per day).
• Micro irrigation or drip irrigation systems may be used anytime for a maximum of 4 hours per day.
“The Cowichan Valley local governments would like to thank all residents and commercial businesses for their water conservation efforts these past few months. It did make a difference!” said the CVRD press release.
For further information on water conservation and restriction stages, please visit www.NewNormalCowichan.ca or www.town.lakecowichan.bc.ca for more comprehensive details.