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Stay up-to-date on Cowichan’s drought and flood conditions by signing up for email alerts and using this website’s RSS feature. Also please check back to this “updates” page on a regular basis. Check out these SmartTools and other resources that make living the new normal easier.

Flood Warning

The River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Warning for the Cowichan, Koksilah, and Chemainus Rivers. This is the highest level of advisory and means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to...

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Stage 2 Water Restrictions

In response to the Level 3 (Very Dry) Drought Conditions and the province's call for a 30% reduction in water consumption, the CVRD and partners are moving to Stage 2 water restrictions across the region.  All CVRD and municipal water systems which are currently at...

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Level 3 Drought Conditions on Vancouver Island

The hot dry summer has led the province to declare level 3 (Very Dry) drought conditions on Vancouver Island. Much of the Cowichan region has received less than 5mm of rain since mid-June, which is less than 10% of our normal summer rainfall. Temperatures in August...

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Koksilah Watershed Water Conservation Request

The provincial government is asking all Koksilah watershed water users to reduce their water use by 30% until current drought conditions come to an end. According to the province, The Koksilah River is currently experiencing severe low flows and forecasts indicate...

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The New Normal is an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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Kate Miller, Manager
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Cowichan Valley Regional District
250.746.2509 / 1.800.665.3955

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