Water Conservation / Restrictions

Water is our most important resource, and ensuring that it is conserved and protected is a responsibility of every member of the community.

Water conservation has become a top priority for the City as a lack of snowpack and spring rain has reduced water levels in the Cowichan River to critical levels during the summer months.

Local governments use 3 levels of watering restrictions as shown below.  Note that private utilities are not managed by our system – please call your provider and inquire about their conservation program and possible water restrictions. Click here for a printable version of the water restrictions chart.

Water restrictions are at Stage 1 in the City of Duncan.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, EVEN numbered addresses water on even dates and ODD numbered addresses water on odd dates – 2 hours maximum from 7-9:00 a.m. or 7-9:00 p.m.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District has implemented an interactive and very informative website on water restrictions, available here: http://cvrdnewnormalcowichan.ca/water-use-restrictions/   You will also find a detailed map to click on your area if you are unsure, the restriction level descriptions and FAQs.

Stage 1 Watering Restrictions in Effect in Duncan May 1, 2019

8 quick tips on conserving water

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  2. Place a water displacement device in your toilet tank to reduce the volume of water used in each flush or purchase a water efficient toilet. Alternately, if it’s yellow, let it mellow.
  3. Take a shorter shower or purchase a more efficient shower head. Old shower heads can use between 12 – 15 litres per minute. Efficient shower heads typically use 7 litres per minute.
  4. Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.
  5. Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 30 – 100 litres of water a day.
  6. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hose. A standard hose uses 1,200 litres of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw).
  7. Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
  8. Invest in water-efficient appliances when you need to replace household products.

To view the water use restrictions at a glance or to view the Frequently Asked Questions please click on the links below:

Water Conservation Policy
Water Conservation Tips
Water Leak Awareness Tips
Water Use Restrictions Chart
Water Use Restrictions FAQ
Waterworks Regulation Bylaw No. 3120, 2015