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 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.

The project is anticipated to be completed in the Spring of 2023 and will increase the overall water supply on the Chapman Water System.

This page is your space to learn more about this project and to ask any questions you may have about about it.


Church Road Emergency Water Supply Update

Work is occurring at the Church Road Well Field site as staff work to bring that source online to further supplement the Chapman Water System. This temporary emergency initiative will allow for the manual operation of the existing Soames Well and is expected to add up to 15% water supply to the Chapman Water System.


Construction Update

Work will continue on the inside of the Water Treatment Plant building with the installation of the mechanical and electrical components. The Church Road Well Field uses variable speed pumps that are operated by microprocessors, similar to the ones found in newer vehicles today. Due to continued global supply chain issues and inventory backlogs, the SCRD anticipates receiving the microchips in early 2023 which will allow water to pumped from the new wells the water system


October 27 2022 Residential Construction Update

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Construction work on the Church Road Well Field began in March 2022. This project 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.

The project is anticipated to be completed in the Spring of 2023 and will increase the overall water supply on the Chapman Water System.

This page is your space to learn more about this project and to ask any questions you may have about about it.


Church Road Emergency Water Supply Update

Work is occurring at the Church Road Well Field site as staff work to bring that source online to further supplement the Chapman Water System. This temporary emergency initiative will allow for the manual operation of the existing Soames Well and is expected to add up to 15% water supply to the Chapman Water System.


Construction Update

Work will continue on the inside of the Water Treatment Plant building with the installation of the mechanical and electrical components. The Church Road Well Field uses variable speed pumps that are operated by microprocessors, similar to the ones found in newer vehicles today. Due to continued global supply chain issues and inventory backlogs, the SCRD anticipates receiving the microchips in early 2023 which will allow water to pumped from the new wells the water system


October 27 2022 Residential Construction Update

Click here to read the latest weekly update from the SCRD Project Team or email infrastructure@scrd.ca to sign up


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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 about 1 month 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 about 2 months 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

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    I live within the Granthams-Soames water system. We’ve been fortunate to maintain very low water restriction usage over the last two summers. I have three questions: 1. Once the new Church Rd system activates, is our original water system still primary for us, and the Church system exists as a back-up; or is it transferring to a co-dependant water system? And if so, what describes the operational functionality of the co-dependence? 2. How will water treatment be affected? The smell and taste of treatment chemicals are already quite strong when the rainy seasons occur. 3. If the systems are to become fully blended, will that increase the water pressure in Granthams-Soames residences? I’d prefer this, as it’s not very strong here, but there hasn’t been any resident awareness communication about this potential, so it appears there’s not going to be an increase. Thank you.

    Lorelei asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the questions,

    The Church Road Well Field draws from the same aquifer as the existing Granthams Well and will be the primary drinking water source for Granthams and Soames residents all year round, unless there is downtime for system maintenance or in emergencies. Then the alternate water source will be Chapman Water Treatment Plant. Connecting the Granthams, Soames and Chapman systems is important for redundancy during emergencies or maintenance. While Church Road will only service Granthams/Soames residents in winter, more water will be drawn from this source to support residents on the Chapman Water System during the dry summer months. Once connected, Grantham and Soames will follow the same Water Conservation Regulations as the Chapman Water System.

    The current Granthams well is out of compliance with the 2016 BC Water Sustainability Act. The new Church Road Well Field project brings this water system into compliance, and also includes the construction of a new water treatment plant. 

    The water pressure will remain the same, with the addition that the Grantham's system will have fire flow availability whereas in the past it was limited. 

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    Do we have a timeline for when Telus will come and move their wires and remove the extra poles? (Post at bottom of Central) There are also a couple of other services (coast cable and another). Are you coordinating with them as well? Who are they?

    Sharla asked 5 months ago

    Telus hasn't provided us with their schedule information yet regarding when they have available crews to move their wires, however we will provide an update in our weekly newsletter once we have confirmation.

    Email: infrastructure@scrd.ca and request to be added to the mailing list for the Church Road Construction Updates weekly newsletter if you haven't already.

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    how many poles are being erected on Fisher just below Reed Rd?

    penny asked 5 months ago

    There are two hydro poles. One across from the Water Treatment Plant site and one just south of Central Ave.

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    I love @ 443 Elphinstone… how will I access my property? Are we able to park in our driveway ? What about visitor access?

    Victoria Cairns asked 5 months ago

    Elphinstone Avenue will be completely shut during the day when the construction is happening and will be open after construction hours most days, if there are no health and safety concerns or open trenches. 24 hours advance notice plus a courtesy knock on the door will be given by the Contractor, if a major shutdown is happening. Residents will have driveway access after construction hours and the Contractor is to notify the parking areas for both residents and visitors.   

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    At the bottom of Central Ave, there are some poles that are doubled up. Is the plan to have Telus move their infrastructure to the new poles and have the old ones removed?

    Sharla asked 5 months ago

    The BC Hydro power supply upgrades are expected to wrap up by July 5th. TELUS will also be transferring their wires to the new BC Hydro poles. The wooden TELUS poles will be removed once they are transferred.

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    I live on the corner of Elphinstone Ave. and Fisher St. right across the street from the Water Treatment Plant being constructed. Right now the pavement of Elphinstone Ave. crosses over a corner of my property where my parking pad is located - this is an issue that was to be addressed during this project by realigning the road. Currently, the SCRD plans on building a very large parking pad in the Elphinstone Ave. right of way on Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) land for which a permit has been granted and I am wondering if this parking pad will in any way interfere with proper road realignment? Not only is it important to me that the road be properly realigned so that vehicles aren’t driving over my property anymore but I think the residents who live on Elphinstone Ave. would appreciate it as well. Currently when I have vehicles parked in my parking spaces it can make the entrance from Fisher St. to Elphinstone Ave. feel quite narrow. Also, correcting the alignment of the road will also help with vehicles turning Northbound onto Fisher Street from Elphinstone Avenue as currently it is quite a sharp sharp/uphill turn they have to make (more than 90º) and this often-times results in vehicles spinning their tires. The Ministry of Transportation and infrastructure has approved this realignment - is the SCRD following through with it? Lastly, with the retaining wall for the proposed parking pad, the proposed drainage on the North side of the road, and the road realignment, does that leave adequate space for landscaping to help mask the retaining wall and will the retaining wall disrupt visibility for vehicles? This retaining wall/parking pad is being built in the Elphinstone Ave. right of way that is there to function as a road for the people who live along Elphinstone Ave. and that should be its main purpose. Surely this parking pad cannot come at the expense of the residents here who use this corner as their main access to/from their homes. Has the SCRD taken all this into consideration and is there a plan being formulated to address these issues? Thank you, Sean

    Sean asked 6 months ago

    The SCRD is confident the redesigned retaining wall will provide adequate clearance for MOTI to reinstate the roadway ditch on the north side of Elphinstone Avenue and to shift the alignment of the paved roadway further north. The SCRD has met onsite with both MOTI and their contractor and both Moti and their subcontractor are committed to the realignment at the Elphinstone Avenue/Fisher Road intersection.

     

    The landscaping plan will be revisited once the redesign of the retaining wall is finalized. The SCRD is committed to visually softening the face of the retaining wall .

     

    The service vehicle parking area was designed to have the smallest footprint possible while providing adequate space for the operators to deliver chemicals used in the water treatment process. The retaining wall layout was reviewed by MOTI and neither they nor the design engineers or record raised any concerns with visibility as a result of the new retaining wall. The SCRD is aware of the concerns the local residents have about the retaining wall and the SCRD remains committed to addressing those concerns.

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    I understand that there has been a change to the retaining wall design for the parking pad due to unforeseen circumstances relating to the soil conditions and that the retaining wall will now be larger than first originally planned. Is there a revised drawing showing elevations/site plan/landscaping plan that can be shared with the neighbourhood so we know what it will look like prior to being built?

    Sean asked 6 months ago

    Due to unexpected soil conditions at the new water treatment plant site,  the excavation for the foundation had to be dug deeper than originally designed. Consequently, the height of the retaining wall for the access parking lot will  be higher than originally designed.  However, the top elevation of the retaining wall will remain unchanged.  The design for the new retaining wall is still under review. Plans for the new retaining wall will be shared with the public once they become available. The SCRD expects that the contractor will begin work on the retaining wall as soon as the plans are finalized.

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    When will Reed road (between Stewart and North) be repaved?

    MR asked 7 months ago

    Additional compaction on the road gravel is required before it can be paved, which will require a stretch of drier weather.  The SCRD is pushing the contractor to complete this work as soon as possible so that the road can be repaved.

Page last updated: 16 Nov 2022, 01:12 PM