Water Restrictions – Cowichan Valley

This Includes: The City of Duncan, Municipality of North Cowichan, Cowichan Valley Regional District, Cowichan Tribes, Town of Lake Cowichan and Town of Ladysmith.

Stage 1 Water Restrictions are in effect May 1st – October 31st YEARLY.

*Private wells are not subject to municipal watering restrictions. However, they are encouraged to be good environmental stewards and follow the water use restrictions to conserve this vital resource.

For more information, click here: CVRD Water Restrictions

Cowichan Valley RD Boundaries

Water Restrictions – RDN

NOTE: Restrictions don’t apply if you’re using rainwater from your own cistern.
RDN BoundariesThis Includes: The neighbourhoods of Surfside/Mcfeely Drive, Whiskey Creek, Melrose Road, River’s Edge, French Creek-Sandpiper, San Pareil, Bissel Road/Pylades Drive, and Nanoose Bay Peninsula (Fairwinds, Garry Oaks, Red Gap, Beachcomber, Madrona Point and Wall Beach).

Stage 1 Water Restrictions are in effect April 1st.

*Private wells are not subject to municipal watering restrictions.

For more information, click here: RDN Water Restrictions

Penalties if you don’t follow the rules… of water restrictions

water restrictionsChanging rainfall patterns and drought has forced municipalities to become accustomed to water restrictions during the warm/hot summer months. Restrictions will depend on damn levels and how much rain has fallen in the water catchment area where you live. As water restrictions are seasonal, you will probably see a higher restriction stage in the drier summer months.

Water restrictions are essential to ensure healthy and reliable of water supplies now and into the future. Penalties will apply if you don’t follow the rules making it important to be aware of the formal restrictions and adopt water wise habits as part of your daily activities.

As more and more restrictions are coming into effect – and earlier every year – it makes sense to supplement your water source with the addition of cisterns to collect rain water.

If you are relying on a cistern for all of your water needs, it is imperative that you keep that water vessel clean. Health Canada recommends to have a cistern cleaned (and disinfected) once when it is installed and then yearly thereafter. Call us now to get your cistern cleaned.

NOTE: Restrictions don’t apply if you’re using rainwater from your own cistern.

Are you confident in YOUR drinking water?

So the poll says:

Half of Americans not confident in drinking water safety


If you are living in a rural area and a water cistern is your water supply – do you ever look into this cistern to see what is lurking in it? As a homeowner with a cistern it is your responsibility to make sure it’s safe and clean…

To read the full story of The Hill on drinking water safety, please click on this link.

Comox – Smart Control Irrigation Rebate

Smart Control Irrigation Rebate
The CVRD (Comox Valley Regional District) is now accepting application for the 2016 Smart Control Irrigation Rebate Program.
Be eligible for a $300 rebate by purchasing a quality smart irrigation controller.
This program will help residents in the CVRD to use water more efficiently. Commercial and residential property owners connected to the CVRD water system are eligible for a $300 rebate on the purchase of a qualifying smart irrigation controller that adjusts the watering schedule according to the weather.
For more information: CVRD Irrigation Rebate

Watermain Flushing in RDN area… revised

RDN Water Service Customers
Watermain Flushing – Spring 2016
*** Revised ***

Does not apply to properties located within
the City of Parksville or the Town of Qualicum Beach

The RDN Water Services Technicians will be flushing (cleaning) watermains in all RDN Water Service Areas over the next few weeks. This work is being done as part of the annual watermain maintenance program.

Customers should expect the following between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm only during the dates shown for their system:

  • Temporary disruption of service
  • Intermittent drops in water pressure
  • Discolouration of water

During the flushing program in your area, please do laundry only in the evenings or on the weekend and ensure that you have sufficient water for the day.NOTE: The Water Services Department cannot accept responsibility for any damage that arises from the use of discoloured water.

The flushing schedule is as follows:

Surfside Drive & McFeely Drive March 1 – 2
French Creek (Sandpiper Subdivision) March 2 – 4
San Pareil March 7 – 9
Englishman River (River’s Edge Subdivision) March 9 – 11
Fairwinds March 14 – 23
Arbutus Cres, Garry Oak Subdivision March 29 – 31
West Bay Estates, Red Gap area March 31 – April 1
Madrona Point, Wall Beach area April 4 – 8
Nanoose – Dolphin Drive area April 11 – 15
Nanoose – Beachcomber & Delanice Way April 18 – 22
Decourcey (Pylades Dr) April 25
Whiskey Creek April 25 – 27
Melrose Road April 27 – 28

Administration ph. (250) 954-3792 or
Field Office ph. (250) 248-4914 or
Email: rcu@rdn.bc.ca

Canadian Water Summit in June 2016 in Toronto


The Business of Water – Innovation Across the Entire Life Cycle

Water is a critical resource for many industries and businesses. For packaged goods, food and beverage, mining, technology and manufacturing, water is part of the corporate balance sheets and water resource management is an opportunity for innovation.

Join your peers on June 23, 2016, in downtown Toronto as we talk about the use, reuse, value and cost of water across all major sectors of the Canadian economy. This is the 7th annual gathering of water leaders in Canada. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto next year.


Water Sustainability Act – Join the discussion

Member Meet Networking Event: Vancouver

Start the day with morning refreshments, networking and an informative presentation on BC’s Water Sustainability Act.

This BCWWA MemberMeet networking event will be hosted at the newly opened Dutch Urban Design & Development Centre in Vancouver, a centre designed to foster discussions around sustainability, innovation and green technology.

Co-hosted by POLIS.

In May 2014, the Province of British Columbia enacted the Water Sustainability Act, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to fully modernize the province’s water laws. This presentation and Q&A will bring you up to speed on BC’s new Water Sustainability Act: where it came from, where the process is currently at, and what some of the key considerations are moving forward.

Based on the recent POLIS research report, “Awash With Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of British Columbia’s New Water Laws,” the presentation will highlight what is needed for effective regulation development in five core areas, based on best practices from around the world:

1) Groundwater licensing;
2) Environmental flows;
3) Monitoring and reporting;
4) Water objectives; and
5) Planning and governance.

To register for this event go to this link.

Now Incorporated…

CleanCistern.Com official logoYes, it’s true, CleanCistern.Com has recently incorporated. Our new name since February 1, 2016 is

Environmental Cistern Cleaning Inc.

We still do business under the name CleanCistern.Com, but are slowly changing to the new name. Ownership (Geoffrey & Sabina), crew (Kaman & Willow) are still the same and we strife to keep our customers happy with the same outstanding service you’ve come to expect from us.

A big thank you to our customers without whom we could not have achieved the success we did. We truly appreciate your business.

Too much and Too little water…

We are proud to be members of BCWWA – the British Columbia Water & Waste Association. Every quarter they come up with an incredible magazine called Watermark. We just received permission to share their incredible magazine via our website & facebook page. Please take a look – especially the article by Hans Schreier, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Land & Food Systems, University of British Columbia called “Too Much and Too little Water” starting on page 29. It may take a while to load, so be patient…

Winter Watermark picture

Too much and Too little water

Environmental Cistern Cleaning

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