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Water restrictions in place

With the Cowichan River easing to a trickle, local authorities are urging people to go easy on water use throughout the Cowichan Valley. - Peter W. Rusland/file
With the Cowichan River easing to a trickle, local authorities are urging people to go easy on water use throughout the Cowichan Valley.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

The City of Duncan, Cowichan Valley Regional District, and Municipality of North Cowichan have placed water restrictions on water use for area residents.

Concerns about a low snow pack, lack of rainfall, and a projected dry summer, means that Stage 2 water restrictions have been implemented in areas throughout the Cowichan Valley to ensure adequate water supply.

The restrictions — watering is allowed a total of six hours per week — are:

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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