Church Road Well Field Project

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Construction work on the Church Road Well Field began in March 2022. This project will add up to 4.6 million litres of water per day to the Chapman Water System and is a significant step forward in securing water supply for the Sunshine Coast.


Project Update


On June 30, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) was given the green light (“Leave to Commence”) by the Ministry of Forests to begin operating the Church Road Well, a final water licence was issued by the province and all conditions have been satisfied.

SCRD has awarded a compliance monitoring contract for necessary creek and well monitoring over the next two years.

The completion of this project will contribute up to 4.6 million litres of water per day to the Chapman Water System during the dry months and is a significant step forward in securing water supply for the Sunshine Coast.


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Construction work on the Church Road Well Field began in March 2022. This project will add up to 4.6 million litres of water per day to the Chapman Water System and is a significant step forward in securing water supply for the Sunshine Coast.


Project Update


On June 30, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) was given the green light (“Leave to Commence”) by the Ministry of Forests to begin operating the Church Road Well, a final water licence was issued by the province and all conditions have been satisfied.

SCRD has awarded a compliance monitoring contract for necessary creek and well monitoring over the next two years.

The completion of this project will contribute up to 4.6 million litres of water per day to the Chapman Water System during the dry months and is a significant step forward in securing water supply for the Sunshine Coast.


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See a timeline for the project

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    What is the current operational status of this eight million dollar project?

    Al Jenkins asked 4 months ago

    The Chapman Water System is currently being supplied by Chapman Lake. The Church Road Well is not currently being used because it is a water supply source during periods of drought, similar to Chaster Well or Gray Creek that also supply the Chapman Water System through summer and into fall if needed.

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    August 23, 2023, What is the number of lites per 24 hours being produced from the Church Road Well? Is this the full amount being contributed to the Chapman system?

    Karl Glackmeyer asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your interest. Church Road has been producing more than 2,600 m3/day  I have included a supply source graph, as well this is the most recent Water Supply update:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2HpCNdgOhQ 

    Hope this information helps. 

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    What is the status of Church Road well at this moment, August 10th 2023 3:50 PM. Is it pumping and hw much is it producing? Thanks..

    Karl Glackmeyer asked 7 months ago

    On August 10, Church Road Well Field was running at 15 litres per second.

    Please see today’s water supply update provided here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqfgtP6KLyY

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    how is the water getting to sechelt and where in sechelt does it go to from the church road well

    fred parish asked 8 months ago

    Chapman Water System includes District of Sechelt, and extends from Area B (Halfmoon Bay) to Area F (West Howe Sound). During the summer months, the Chapman Water System uses multiple water sources, including Chapman and Edwards Lake, Gray Creek, Chaster Well, at times the Town of Gibsons water supply when agreements have been in place, and now the new Church Road Well Field. Water from Church Road Well Field will blend with these other water sources in various locations depending on community demand.

    Here is a backgrounder on the Chapman Water System: https://letstalk.scrd.ca/29788/widgets/126451/documents/83185

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    Hi, Everyone is concerned with the ongoing water shortages within the scrd, and we are all fed up by 40 yrs of the local government not dealing with it. Please let us all know if the church rd well be up and running by June ? to mitigate as stated above. If not then when ? and what else is the scrd doing to fix the lack of water in the scrd water system?I am asking because metering and fixing leaks are only a small part of the problem 4months in stage 4 is not ok, there is no lack of water on the coast, there is only a lack of initiative and connection of water into the system, this along with population growth is contributing to our ongoing frustration if you are paying attention to the comments in the paper and online. Thank you for your reply Cordially, JC Sigurdson

    Julie asked 10 months ago

    Hello JC, on May 10, the SCRD provided an update on water projects, including the Church Road Well Field Project. The well field is anticipated to be complete and available for use in June. Here is a full update on our water projects: https://www.scrd.ca/news/water-projects-update-may/.

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    Are we on track to bring church road on line in June? Thank you.

    Kathy Bruce asked 9 months ago

    The project is on a revised schedule due to availability of important infrastructure for the water treatment plant. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in June.

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    Will the larger pumps that the SCRD is installing create more noise? And, if so, are there additional measures being put in place to mitigate that noise?

    Sean asked 9 months ago

    Thank you  for the question. No, the larger pumps will not generate any additional noise. The pumps are submerged 20 meters under water. 

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    Hello, I am wondering when the landscaping portion of this project is going to take place? The plan that was approved was to install Salal, Red Elderberry, Kinnikinnik, Sword Ferns & Juniper. Thank you, Sean

    Sean asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the Church Road Project. The SCRD has initiated a procurement process to hire a contractor to complete the landscaping. The plan is to schedule the work in late fall, to coincide with wet weather and to help establish the new plants. 

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    When fully operational approximately what percentage of the SCRD water needs will this cover? What is the missing part that has held up this project? How many millions of litres are estimated to be lost due to leaks?

    Alan Sirulnikoff asked over 1 year ago

    Here are some numbers for the Chapman Water System:

    • Peak use = about 20 million litres per day
    • Church Road Well Field = will add 5 million litres per day 
    • Stage 4 use (ban on outdoor water use) = 10 million litres per day


    The Church Road Well Field uses variable speed pumps that are operated by microchips, similar to the ones in new cars. Due to global supply chain issues, the SCRD anticipates receiving the microchips by early 2023.

    There is SCRD water infrastructure and private property leaks. SCRD has an extensive leak resolution program for the 50% of properties that have a water meter. The remaining water meters will be installed starting in 2023. We work with property owners across the region and throughout the year, through our quarterly leak notification letters, there is a notice on commercial utility bills and the SCRD Monthly Water Use Update. SCRD repairs leaks in public infrastructure, and there is also a water main replacement program for aging infrastructure.

    The amount of water lost to leaks varies, as leaks can grow over time if they are not addressed. This volume will be more easily calculated once the final water meters are installed and there is a water meter on every service connection. Water meter installation project updates will be posted here.

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    Is there a chance of still going to level 4 once the wells are online

    Don asked over 1 year ago

    The construction of the Church Road Well Field will add up to five million litres of water per day to the Chapman Water System and is a significant step forward in securing water supply for the Sunshine Coast. To put that number in perspective, water use on the Chapman Water System decreases to about 10 million litres per day in Stage 4. 

    Projects like the Church Road Well Field will reduce the likelihood of going to Stage 4, but we know more water supply is needed. This is why the SCRD is pursuing the expansion of the Langdale Well Field and the Gray Creek Water Treatment Upgrades in the short term, and seeking more long term surface and groundwater options in the long term.

    SCRD Water Supply projects are posted here: https://letstalk.scrd.ca/water

Page last updated: 08 Nov 2023, 01:48 PM