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Stage 2 Water Restrictions to begin June 6

The hot, dry spring has led to Level 3 (Very Dry) Drought Conditions in the Cowichan Region. To reduce water consumption, Stage 2 Water Use Restrictions will begin on Monday June 6, 2016. These restrictions will apply to all CVRD and municipal water systems, as well...

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Vancouver Island moves to Drought Level 3

Following the CVRD's determination that the Cowichan Valley is at Level 3 Drought Conditions, the Provincial government has updated the Drought rating for all of Vancouver Island to Level 3 - Very Dry. Despite some rainfall this past weekend, rainfall totals for the...

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Drought Levels Increasing

The CVRD, following the provincial methods, has set the drought level for the Cowichan Valley at Level 3 - Very Dry, based on the following conditions. Snowpack - 7% of normal levels - equivalent to levels normally seen in late August Rainfall - less than 40% of...

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Water Use Restrictions Begin May 1

Spring is here - and with it come water use restrictions. All CVRD and municipal water systems will enter Stage 1 Water Use Restrictions as scheduled on May 1. New for this year: Mill Bay Water District and Cowichan Bay Waterworks will be co-ordinating their water use...

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High Streamflow Advisory for Cowichan River

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for: Cowichan River and surrounding small streams in the area Rainfall totals of 30 to 40 mm  in the Cowichan River basin on Tuesday night resulted in high streamflow conditions Wednesday morning on...

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Stage 1 Water Restrictions

With significant increases in water storage at Lake Cowichan, substantial reductions in water demand from municipal water systems and precipitation forecasted well into the foreseeable future, all local governments in the Cowichan Valley have downgraded the Water Use...

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