Church Road Well Field

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The Church Road Well Field is located in Granthams Landing (Area F) and will support 19,000 customers on the Chapman, Granthams, and Soames water systems.

Why Church Road?

  • Replace the existing Granthams well that is no longer in compliance with the Water Sustainability Act.
  • Connect a new source to the Chapman Water System to reduce the risk of water supply shortages during the dry summer months.

Progress to Date

  • Received approval in 2020 to borrow $9 million over a 30-year term through an Alternative Approval Process.
  • Completed final design, and drilled two production wells and a monitoring well.
  • Completed the provincial consultation with the Squamish Nation. All comments and feedback will be reviewed and addressed.
  • Water license has been obtained from the Provincial Government.

Next Steps

  • Ongoing work with the Town of Gibson to ensure that the Church Road Well Field will not impact the Town's ability to provide water to its residents.
  • Church Road Well Field tender was issued and includes an incentive for early completion (<8 months).
  • Construction of the pump station, treatment facility, and water mains will be initiated.


Estimated completion: 2022


The Church Road Well Field is located in Granthams Landing (Area F) and will support 19,000 customers on the Chapman, Granthams, and Soames water systems.

Why Church Road?

  • Replace the existing Granthams well that is no longer in compliance with the Water Sustainability Act.
  • Connect a new source to the Chapman Water System to reduce the risk of water supply shortages during the dry summer months.

Progress to Date

  • Received approval in 2020 to borrow $9 million over a 30-year term through an Alternative Approval Process.
  • Completed final design, and drilled two production wells and a monitoring well.
  • Completed the provincial consultation with the Squamish Nation. All comments and feedback will be reviewed and addressed.
  • Water license has been obtained from the Provincial Government.

Next Steps

  • Ongoing work with the Town of Gibson to ensure that the Church Road Well Field will not impact the Town's ability to provide water to its residents.
  • Church Road Well Field tender was issued and includes an incentive for early completion (<8 months).
  • Construction of the pump station, treatment facility, and water mains will be initiated.


Estimated completion: 2022

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    How long has the province been considering the application for a Water License? My understanding is that its been about two years. Is that correct?

    Linda asked 4 months ago

    The water licence application to the Province and the subsequent review process, for the Church Rd well field, was initiated in October 2019.
    The review process includes:

    • Assessment of long term aquifer sustainability

    • Assessment of impacts to existing water licence holders (including Town of Gibsons)

    • Consultation with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)

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    How much water will it be able to provide per day?

    Glyn Jones asked 3 months ago

    The Church Rd well field is projected to contribute 5,000 cubic metres (5 million litres) per day to the Chapman Water System.

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    Why can’t Chapman Lake Dam be increased in height to accommodate more water storage? I have read a lot of comments on Facebook, regarding the Sunshine Coast water shortage. One of the comments someone posted was just that, to rise the Dam 20’. I know that this wouldn’t come without a great cost, however I’m not sure how much drilling wells are, as they probably are not a cheap alternative either.

    Dave asked 5 months ago

    Increasing SCRD ability to access water from Chapman Lake was a project in the multi-step approach (Comprehensive Regional Water Plan, 2013) to increasing water supply for the Chapman Water System.  The plan identified 1) expanding use of Chapman Lake, 2) water meters, 3) groundwater sources, and 4) a new reservoir, as key projects.
    Chapman Lake and dam are located in Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Work in the park and changes to infrastructure require agreements with the Province.
    In 2018, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy rejected the park boundary amendment that would permit work at the dam and outlet. As a result, the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) proposed expansion of the community water supply system infrastructure in the park could not proceed.
    https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019ENV0006-000185

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    Why isn’t Clowholm lake included in the watershed? If it was tapped into, we could supply the whole coast for years to come.

    Dave asked 5 months ago

    Current challenges for utilizing Clowhom Lake include:

    • The dam controlling water release is BC Hydro infrastructure. Current water use from the lake (reservoir) is licenced to BC Hydro.
    • It is 32 km from any other SCRD water infrastructure, including water treatment.
    • Water pipeline construction would cross a variety of land use jurisdictions, requiring the SCRD to secure Right of Ways. It would also cross many natural features, creeks, and steep slopes. 
    • Construction of a pump station and water treatment plant would be required.
    • Building a reservoir may be required to store water for summer use
    • Cost is estimated to be high (between $73 million and $123 million in 2007).
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    Could you give me information on that big structure they built around Surf Circle a few years ago. Did that improve our water supply at all. I thought that was the plan.

    janet asked 5 months ago

    The SCRD does not have any water supply projects in the Surf Circle area.
    Any questions regarding the wastewater (sewage) treatment facility at Surf Circle can be directed to the District of Sechelt: https://www.sechelt.ca/Live/Water-Sewer-Drainage/Water-Resource-Centre

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