Scott Point Waterworks District provides potable water services to 61 properties located on Scott Point on Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Jan 24/23 – Trustees Approve 2023 Water Tolls and Parcel Tax. Set AGM Date
At the Jan 20, 2023 Trustees meeting, second reading and final approval were given to Bylaw 122 setting the 2023 Parcel Tax amount at $550, the same as 2022. Second reading and final approval were also given to Bylaw 123 setting new water tolls effective March 1, 2023 (and seen on end of April billing) at $160 minimum charge per 2 month period and the Excess 1 toll (from 5001 to 10000 gallons) at $70.00 per 1000 Imperial Gallons.
The 2023 Annual General Meeting date was set as Wednesday, April 19. The meeting will be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club pavilion at 241 Scott Point Drive, commencing at 7:00pm
Jan 12/23 – Happy New Year
Christmas holidays have come and gone and dark nights are finally getting shorter, and so does the time between now and spring.
With rainfall well below normal in October and November, there were concerns about groundwater availability come next summer. But the rain and snow in December finally brought the water level at the 3 wells to something approaching the 10-year average for this time of year.
A couple of residents have expressed concerns about increasing amounts of limescale on their glass and chrome surfaces. This limescale is a result of increasing hardness (calcium and magnesium) in the water. We endeavour to treat 50% of Well 4 water (which is very hard) through the Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment at Well 1 to reduce not only disinfectant by-products, but also hardness. This strategy worked well through the summer; but we have been fighting manganese issues which clogged the RO membranes in October. While we waited for parts and permission from Island Health to change the manganese pre-treatment media, the RO was offline and water hardness noticeably increased as the volume in the Reservoir tank was turned over. The RO went back online in early December and we are expecting water hardness to reduce as the volume in Reservoir again turns over.
With the promise of spring, so comes the annual water main flushing to maintain water quality by removing debris and slime. We have asked North Salt Spring Waterworks to complete this work prior to the end of February.
And spring usually brings a flurry of power-washing away the winter grime. It is possible that Watering Restrictions may come into force before summer starts. And so trustees are recommending that you get to your power washing before groundwater supplies start to diminish as winter rains cease.
A number of residents have noticed that their premises shut-off valves are inoperable. With a lot of valves installed over 30 years ago, and many not really designed for in ground service, all property owners should check their valves (on the property side of the water meter) and ensure it is operable and free of corrosion – if not owners need to excavate and replace their valve. It is difficult to get one of the established island plumbers to schedule this work and so the earlier they are contacted, the better for the owner. Please email trustees if you have any questions about your valve.
Sep 23/22 – Summer Comes to an End
As the season turns and the first hints of fall are felt, residents have asked about the state of Scott Point’s water supply. The District can confirm that well levels are good for this time of year and that summer demands were met without having to impose Watering Restrictions. This is largely due to the spring rain that continued into June and lower amounts of water used during processing. One thing of note is that the Reverse Osmosis treatment at Well 1 was offline for a couple of weeks in August to replace the membranes which had become fouled with naturally occurring manganese. The District continues to investigate inefficiencies in pre-treatment. Otherwise, several residents have commented on lesser amounts of limescale on glass surfaces and overall better water (however that is determined) which confirms that having some of the very hard water from Well 4 reprocessed in the RO is working.
Apr 29/22 – Peter Reiner elected as Trustee at 2022 Annual General Meeting
The 2022 AGM was held on April 27. Trustees discussed the state of the water system, presented the Financial Statements for 2021 and Budget for 2022, and emphasized the importance of rainwater capture for residents who want to garden. Peter Reiner was elected by acclamation for a 3 year term. Documents for the meeting are HERE
Mar 14/22 – Trustees Approve 2022 Parcel Tax and Water Toll Increase
Subject to approval by the Province, Trustees have set the 2022 parcel tax of $550 per parcel. Bills will be sent to residents and owners in May.
Water tolls will rise 4.8% effective 1 May, 2022. The minimum bi-monthly bill will rise from $146.00 to $153.00.
Mar 4/22 – 2022 Annual General Meeting set for April 27, 2022
Notice has been given that the Annual General Meeting of the Scott Point Waterworks District will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. There will be an election for 1 trustee position. Any residents meeting the requirements are invited to contact the trustees about standing for election.
Mar 2/22 – NOTICE TO RESIDENTS – Annual Water Main Flushing
As part of our water quality framework, the Water Main is flushed every spring to remove deposits.
Flushing of the Water Main will commence on Friday, March 4, 2022 on the south section, and resume the following week on the north section.
North Salt Spring Waterworks will be on site and using the fire hydrants to conduct flushing. Residents might experience short periods of low pressure and minor discolouration of the water.
If discolouration is noticed, please run your cold-water tap until the water runs clear.
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 scarce quantity on Scott Point and residents should make every drop count. 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.
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.
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 3/21 – SPRING 2021 NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED
CLICK HERE for the latest Newsletter for residents and owners.
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.