Summer drought is the ‘new normal’ in the Cowichan Valley. The CVRD's New Normal website provides updates on current drought conditions, along with information and tools that make adapting to the ‘new normal’ easier.

When we are experiencing drought conditions, there are a number of steps you can take to conserve water and prepare yourself to deal with the lack of water.

Current Drought Level 2 - DRY


Cowichan Valley Drought Level

The Drought Level is measured on a four-point scale describing the seriousness and appropriate response to drought conditions.
Level Conditions Significance Objective Target


Dry Conditions First indications of a potential water supply problem Voluntary conservation Minimum 10% reduction

Water Use Restrictions

  • During drought conditions, your water system operator may introduce water use restrictions to conserve limited water supplies. 
  • There are three stages of water restrictions which are co-ordinated across the Cowichan Valley. 
  • Local conditions may sometimes require a higher stage of water restrictions on certain systems.
  • Use the map below to see which water system serves your property and what your current water use restrictions are.



Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Unserviced Area
(Voluntary Restrictions)

(contact system operator)


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