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Stage Three Water Restrictions

The City of Duncan, all municipalities of North Cowichan water systems - including Chemainus, Crofton and the south end - and the Honeymoon Bay and Woodley Range water systems within the Cowichan Valley Regional District have increased their water restrictions from stage two to three.

All other water users within the CVRD, with the exception of Honeymoon Bay and Woodley Range remain at stage two.

Concerns about a low snow pack, lack of rainfall, and the dry summer, has resulted in the municipalities increasing the water restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 3. The change came into effect July 29.

Stage three water restrictions in Duncan and North Cowichan:

- No lawn or boulevard sprinkling.

- No filling of swimming pools, hot tubs or garden ponds.

- No washing of vehicles, boats, driveways or houses.

What is permitted:

- Hand watering of trees, shrubs and gardens with a hose and spring-loaded nozzle or bucket any day between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

- Sprinkling school and municipal playing fields.

Stage three water restrictions in specified areas within the CVRD

- No lawn or boulevard sprinkling.

- No filling of swimming pools, hot tubs or garden ponds.

- No washing of vehicles, boats, driveways or houses.

What is permitted:

- Hand watering for a maximum of one hour of new or existing trees, shrubs, flower/vegetable gardens with a hose or hand-held container between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Stage two water restrictions for most of the CVRD:

Even addresses are allowed to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays - 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; while odd addresses are allowed to water on Thursdays and Sundays — 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Trees, shrubs and gardens can be hand-watered any day during the above specified hours with a hose and a spring-loaded nozzle or bucket.

Residents with automatic sprinklers are reminded they are responsible for programming their sprinklers so that they fall within the watering timelines.

Those hearing a fire siren are urged to turn off their sprinklers immediately.

For more information about watering restrictions, contact the City of Duncan at 746-6126 or check its website out at www.duncan.ca; for North Cowichan, call the North Cowichan Engineering Department at 250 746-3128 and for the CVRD, contact the engineering services department at: 250 746-2530.

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