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.


September 28 2022 Residential Construction Update

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Preliminary Construction Timeline (subject to change)

  • Mar 07 - 14 Tree and brush removal on Reed Road, between Fisher and Stewart Roads
  • Late Mar Install erosion and sedimentation control devices along construction area boundary
  • Mar 21 Bring equipment and materials to site
  • June 08 Drilling and completion of the downstream monitoring well on Church Road
  • June 24 Contractor completed the installation of the water transmission main from Fisher Avenue to the Reed Road pump station and the parallel distribution watermain along Reed Road between North Road and the Reed Road pump station
  • June 27 - July 01 Contractor filled, flushed and pressure tested the new transmission and distribution mains on Reed Road between Fisher Road and Reed Road pump station
  • June 24 The Water Treatment Plant (WTP) foundation work was completed and work began on the building framing. Work is expected to continue through the end of July on the completion of the building enclosure
  • June through early July BC Hydro installed the replacement primary power poles on Central and Fisher Avenues to serve the new WTP pumps and motors
  • July 05 - 07 Asphalt paving was completed on Reed Road between Fisher Avenue and Reed Road pump station
  • July 11 Work began on Elphinstone Avenue on the installation of the three new watermains
  • July through end of August Completion of the WTP building, including installation of pumps, motors, etc
  • Mid-July through mid-August Completion of the three watermains on Elphinstone Avenue
  • Late August Final paving of Elphinstone Avenue and Church Road
  • Continued work on the WTP site civil work through late August
  • Mid to late September Installation of the permanent on-site stand by generator


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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.


September 28 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


Preliminary Construction Timeline (subject to change)

  • Mar 07 - 14 Tree and brush removal on Reed Road, between Fisher and Stewart Roads
  • Late Mar Install erosion and sedimentation control devices along construction area boundary
  • Mar 21 Bring equipment and materials to site
  • June 08 Drilling and completion of the downstream monitoring well on Church Road
  • June 24 Contractor completed the installation of the water transmission main from Fisher Avenue to the Reed Road pump station and the parallel distribution watermain along Reed Road between North Road and the Reed Road pump station
  • June 27 - July 01 Contractor filled, flushed and pressure tested the new transmission and distribution mains on Reed Road between Fisher Road and Reed Road pump station
  • June 24 The Water Treatment Plant (WTP) foundation work was completed and work began on the building framing. Work is expected to continue through the end of July on the completion of the building enclosure
  • June through early July BC Hydro installed the replacement primary power poles on Central and Fisher Avenues to serve the new WTP pumps and motors
  • July 05 - 07 Asphalt paving was completed on Reed Road between Fisher Avenue and Reed Road pump station
  • July 11 Work began on Elphinstone Avenue on the installation of the three new watermains
  • July through end of August Completion of the WTP building, including installation of pumps, motors, etc
  • Mid-July through mid-August Completion of the three watermains on Elphinstone Avenue
  • Late August Final paving of Elphinstone Avenue and Church Road
  • Continued work on the WTP site civil work through late August
  • Mid to late September Installation of the permanent on-site stand by generator


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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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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.

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    Why were so many beautiful tall trees chopped down despite being located many feet away from the Reed Road ditch while an unsightly berm that clearly encroaches on the road allowance was left in place?

    May asked 6 months ago

    Trees were removed along Reed Road which were in conflict with the new water main alignment. This included trees that were in the direct path of the new water main, as well as nearby trees that would have had their root systems severely impacted by construction.


    The berm in question will be removed during construction of the new water main

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    How many pumps will be pumping water? Will these be submersible pumps or surface pumps? How many decibels is the water pump station expected to emit when pumping at full capacity at a distance of app. 50 ft., 100 ft.? How many hours a day/night will the pumps be running, during the day and at night? What kind of sound insulation will be installed inside the building?

    Paulus asked 7 months ago

    The new Water Treatment Plant will include three pumps, which may all run at any given time. During peak summer use periods, it is expected that the pumps will run 24 hours a day.

    The noise level from the pumps will be about 40 dB (equivalent of a refrigerator hum) at the property line, which is approximately 28 dB at 50 feet and 22 dB at 100 feet away. Measures to reduce the noise from the pumps include sound dampening drywall in the pump station and an acoustic silencer on the main exhaust vent to the building.

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    What about the west Sechelt area that has had so much development and it is continuing where is our water going to come from

    Sue asked 7 months ago

    The Church Road Well Field Project will increase water supply in the Chapman Water System by 50% (adding up to five million litres of water per day), which services the Sechelt area. The Church Road Well Field project is one of several water supply projects under way. To learn more, check out https://letstalk.scrd.ca/water



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