Spring 2021 Newsletter

PANDEMIC UPDATE

Hopefully this will all end soon with the coming of vaccine. In the meantime, the District continues to implement measures to keep the drinking water safe during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and NSSWD is maintaining its procedures to keep employees safe and ensure continued ability to manage the water system. 

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The District’s website is regularly updated with information of interest to residents and homeowners. Stay up to date at www.scottpointwaterworks.com

2021 WATER TOLLS AND PARCEL TAXES

The Trustees have approved the 2021 operating and capital budget which includes a 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 (and showing up on the Apr 30 bill), the minimum bi-monthly billing will rise to $146.00. The cost of 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 $1,000.00 per 1000 Imperial gallons.

The annual parcel tax has been set at the same rate as 2020 – $500 per parcel of land in the District. Bills will be issued in May.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2021 Annual General Meeting is set for Wednesday April 21 at 7:00 pm. Like the rest of the world, we are planning to hold a virtual meeting using Zoom or a similar application. Annual reports and financial statements will be posted to the website as they become available, and more information on attending the meeting will be made available closer to the date. There will be an election for one trustee to serve a 3 year term; please contact one of the trustees if you are interested.

TREATMENT UPGRADE AT WELL 3

Many residents are unaware that one of the 3 wells servicing the District is located off Scott Point along Long Harbour Road. After 40 years, this well is due for an upgrade to its treatment system. Making up the majority of planned capital investment in 2021, work planned includes replacement of aged out filter media, removal of old brass fittings, upgrading electrical, and bolstering sediment filtration. The District is also going to install a TAC filter to reduce the tendency of high water hardness to form limescale deposits on glass surfaces and heating elements. If successful, a TAC filter would be considered for Well 4 as well. Work will commence in the summer when production from this well declines.

WATER THOUGHTS

Water is a precious commodity on Scott Point; a long skinny peninsula surrounded by ocean means that we have to be careful about our water use. The District strongly encourages the use of rainwater capture for use in gardening, and we cannot sustain an increase in population density. But to be clear, if we are all careful, there are adequate resources to service the normal household consumption needs of all residents and homeowners, even during the dry and busy summer months. 

Perceptions of water quality change as each person experiences water differently. Again to be clear, the water quality on Scott Point meets ALL of the parameters in extensive federal Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. 

Some people do comment on taste being different. This is very understandable as the majority of residents come from Vancouver or Victoria which have rainwater based systems, whereas Scott Point relies on groundwater that contains more minerals.

To ensure water safety at all time, chlorine is maintained at a higher level than in other places. This is a result of the fact that the effectiveness of chlorine decays with time and temperature, low flow in the dead-ends of the system, and fluctuations in total demand. As a result, some people may notice a “bleachy” taste. But leaving a jug in the fridge; or using a NSF 42 or 53 certified carbon filter such as a fridge filter, Brita jug, or small under-sink cartridge, (changed at manufacturer’s recommended intervals) easily removes any chlorine taste. More information is available at http://www.scottpointwaterworks.com/water-quality-2/in-house-filtration/.

RAINWATER CAPTURE

With the hope of nice weather this coming summer, it is time to remind people that gardening was a contributing factor to the higher than normal consumption in 2020. 

The Trustees strongly recommend that any resident interested in keeping up a garden or vegetable plot that requires regular watering, install a rainwater capture system. If stored, enough rainfall occurs during the fall and winter months to more than meet gardening needs. A medium sized tank, debris filter, and pump system capturing water from the eaves of a house or garage is easy to install and relatively inexpensive. More details from Salt Spring Watershed Protection Alliance and CRD are available on the website at http://www.scottpointwaterworks.com/water-conservation/rainwater-capture/

FREIGHTERS ANCHORED IN GULF ISLANDS

Some residents have noted the increased anchoring of deep-sea vessels in the waters of the Gulf Islands. If you are concerned with this practice, there is a petition to members of parliament you can sign at https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2985

GOING AWAY? – CLOSE YOUR SHUT-OFF VALVE

Residents are reminded that if you will be absent for 3 days or more, you MUST close your shut-off valve at the street (Note: your shut-off valve is after the meter, not the District’s curb-stop that requires a key). If a leak occurs at an unoccupied house without the valve closed, the resident will be liable for the full cost of all water used.