Scott Point Waterworks District provides potable water services to 61 properties located on Scott Point on Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Sep 17/21 – Watering Restrictions Lifted
Recent rainfall, decreasing daily consumption, and improvements in well water treatment have allowed some recovery of well levels. The watering restrictions which were put in place on July 11, 2021 are lifted as of today.
The trustees are pleased to note that the watering restrictions had an immediate impact on consumption and residents reduced their water usage by an average of 20%, and allowed the District’s scarce water resources to survive the extended 2021 drought.
Residents are reminded that water remains a scare quantity on Scott Point and care on use should be exercised always. And the rainfall is a good reminder that now is a very good time to install rainwater capture tanks to be ready for gardening in 2022.
Aug 10/21 – AGM Report
The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held on August 3, 2021 with 3 trustees and 4 residents attending. The Chair presented the 2020 Water Quality Report along with a 6 month of 2021 report on water quality and other matters, including the need for ongoing watering restrictions now and possibly during summers to come, the replacement the RO membranes to improve well treatment performance, concern on a trend toward increases in water consumption, and a discussion on fire risk mitigation.
The Financial Officer presented the 2020 Financial Statements and provided an update on 2021 budget performance. McLean, Lizotte, Wheadon were approved as the auditors for 2021, and it was confirmed that Richard Ballantyne was elected by acclamation as trustee for 3 year term ending in 2024.
July 11/21 – Watering Restrictions Put In Place
Scott Point has had a fraction of the usual rainfall so far in 2021 and well are at very low levels. The Trustees request that residents take steps to further reduce their water consumption.
It is also necessary to put in place the following water use restrictions until further notice:
- No washing of driveways, patios, structures or boats from hose or pressure washer.
- No filling of pools, hot tubs, fountains.
- No use of lawn or garden sprinklers
- Please restrict garden watering to hand watering or drip irrigation for a maximum of 1 hour between the hours of 7:00 pm and 08:00 am. Watering should be limited to 3 days per week.
These restrictions do not apply to use of captured rainwater, or supply from individual wells. There shall be no filling of storage tanks from the District supply.
More restrictions on the use of District water for gardening may required if summer rainfall remains low and consumption does not reduce adequately to protect the aquifers.
June 15/21 – AGM RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, AUGUST 3
Provincial Health Orders now allow gatherings of groups up to 50 people. The Trustees hereby give notice that the 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 3 outside on the lawn at 322 Scott Point Drive. Following Provincial Health guidelines, all attendees will be required to wear a mask and maintain a distance from people not in their social network. Please bring your own chair and umbrella (if inclement).
Apr 23/21 – TRUSTEE ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION
There was only 1 nomination received for the open trustee position. Richard Ballantyne has been elected by acclamation for a 3 year term ending at the AGM in 2024. The trustees appointed Richard Ballantyne as Chair, Tim Slaney as Financial Officer and Nigel Smyrl as Administration Officer.
Apr 8/21 – CRD WATER OPTIMIZATION STUDY COMPLETE
The CRD, Ministry of Municipal Affair and North Salt Spring Waterworks District commissioned a study to look at how improvement districts on Salt Spring were governed and investigate alternative arrangements that might allow access to federal and provincial infrastructure grants. The study’s report has now been made public and is available at https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/salt-spring-island-water-optimization. The trustees are currently evaluating the report’s conclusions and will update ratepayers on possible implications for the District after the next trustee meeting.
Mar 30/21 – NOMINATIONS FOR TRUSTEE OPEN, AGM POSTPONED
Notice is hereby given that nominations are now open for a trustee of Scott Point Waterworks District, for a 3-year term ending at the Annual General Meeting in 2024. Any property owner in the District who is a Canadian citizen over the age of 19 years old can be nominated. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org mailed to 377 Scott Point Drive, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2R2 no later than April 23, 2021. If required, an election will be scheduled after that.
The trustee reports and the financial statements for the year ended Dec 31, 2020 have be posted to the District’s website at under the Governance tab
Please note that the Annual General Meeting has been postponed until Provincial Health Orders allow such gatherings. In the interim, the trustees welcome any questions or comments by email to email@example.com.
Mar 19/21 – SPRING MAIN FLUSHING COMPLETED
The annual water main flushing was completed by North Salt Spring Waterworks on Friday, March 19 along with fire hydrant and water main valve servicing. These are key elements of the District’s multiple barrier approach for ensuring safe water.
Mar 3/21 – SPRING 2021 NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED
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Feb 13/21 – TRUSTEES APPROVE 5% INCREASE IN WATER TOLLS
The Trustees have approved the 2021 operating and capital budget which includes provision for a whopping 17% increase in the charge-out rate for our contract operator, North Salt Spring Waterworks. While some other savings were found, water usage tolls for Scott Point residents will have to rise 5%.
Commencing March 1, 2021, the minimum bi-monthly billing will rise to $146.00. The cost water usage in excess of 5,000 Imperial gallons and less than 10,000 gallons in a 2-month period will rise to $63.00 per 1000 Imperial gallons. The cost of water usage in excess of 10,000 gallons will remain at $1000.00 per 1000 Imperial gallons.
Feb 11/21 – WATER MAIN FLUSHING OF NW SECTION IS COMPLETE
Following completion of work today to replace a faulty fitting on the Main, the Water Main was flushed from the Reservoir NW to 121 Scott Point Drive and onto the Welbury Well 3. Residents who experience sediments stirred up by this work should run their cold water taps until runs clear. This work was also the annual spring main flushing for this section of the distribution system.
Nov 21/20 – DRAFT REVISION TO WATER DISTRIBUTION REGULATIONS
The trustees have approved first reading of revisions to Bylaw 88, Water Distribution Regulations. The proposed changes add protections for the District from landowner works on the water main right-of-way and make other changes to improve consistency in terms and make it gender neutral. The proposed revisions are included as Draft ByLaw 117 . Trustees are happy to receive comments at trusteeatscottpointwaterworks.com
Mar 6/20 – SURVEY FLAGGING OF TREES ABOVE WATER MAIN
The District flagged a number of trees between 32o and 440 Scott Point Drive. After a couple of water main leaks caused by tree roots, the trustees are in the process of counting trees growing above the water main and identifying the extent of any problems. No work is planned at this time.