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This is your page to Stay Informed about water projects and to look ahead and Get Involved.

Click on the images below to get started and learn more about ongoing projects.



Church Road Project

Water Meters - Stay Informed
Gray Creek Project


Langdale Well Project




How to use this space

Click the images above to check out any of the ongoing projects. Watch the video on the right panel to learn how the SCRD is planning for future water supply and contact staff by posting your questions below.

This is your page to Stay Informed about water projects and to look ahead and Get Involved.

Click on the images below to get started and learn more about ongoing projects.



Church Road Project

Water Meters - Stay Informed
Gray Creek Project


Langdale Well Project




How to use this space

Click the images above to check out any of the ongoing projects. Watch the video on the right panel to learn how the SCRD is planning for future water supply and contact staff by posting your questions below.

What do you want to know about water in the SCRD?

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    What is the status of the water / well project on Keats Island/ Eastbourne

    Daniel Rogers asked 6 months ago

    As part of the 2021 Budget Process, the SCRD Board approved a project to advance groundwater investigation for the Eastbourne Water System. This project is based on the recommendations from a 2020 feasibility study.

    In 2021, the SCRD will start working with a private well owner on the shared use of a private well to supplement water supply to the community. If this collaboration is unsuccessful, the SCRD will advance the drilling of test wells at locations identified in the 2020 study. 

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    I am wondering how the rain-harvesting rebate system was developed and why the decisions were made the way they are in terms of a) volume collected for eligibility b) amounts of $ rebated c) application for Rebates vs. wholesale purchasing and cost savings d) other options considered and dismissed. I have heard anecdotally that a study was done at some point that suggested smaller volumes and other considerations were analyzed and this rebate program policies were developed in light of that study. Is this study publicly available or can it please be shared? Thank you

    avlavalle asked 6 months ago

    The rainwater harvesting rebate program for residential property owners was initiated in 2018. The selected volume and amount rebated was chosen to maximize the benefits of the program, and encourage property owners to invest in larger rainwater harvesting systems to adequately support activities like garden irrigation.

    Staff presented various options to the SCRD Board in 2015, from small rain barrels to larger cisterns, information about water household and indoor water use, and examples of programs from other jurisdictions. You can find that report here.

    Purchasing systems wholesale would require storage and additional staff time to manage customers wishing to purchase these systems. Instead, the SCRD has chosen a rebate program, where participants undergo a pre-approval process to reserve a rebate, provide documentation, receipts and meet all requirements to qualify. Any additional requirements, such as selecting a system that meets individual needs, installation and plumbing is the property owner’s responsibility.

    The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association presented a report titled, “An Exploration of Rain Harvesting Systems for the Sunshine Coast” to the SCRD Board in 2011. They provided several recommendations, including promoting rain harvesting, public education programs, and systems with a minimum of 9 m3 (2,000 gallons) storage capacity.

    We welcome your feedback as we look to future conservation planning and program options.

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    How can I see/read historical proposals to supply water from Clowhom lake and/or Sechelt river/drainage, lake to the lower sunshine coast?

    Randy Symons asked 6 months ago

    You can take a look at Technical Memo 4, which outlines long-term source development options. This report was part of the 2013 Comprehensive Regional Water Plan, which reviewed current and potential water infrastructure to meet our water needs over a 25-year period. You’ll find information about Clowhom, including construction requirements and costs, estimated between $73 and $123 million in 2007 dollars, and some of the challenges of developing a source in a remote area, related to construction and access. This report also explored the feasibility of Sakinaw Basin, Rainy River, and groundwater sources.

     

    Report link here: https://www.scrd.ca/files/File/Infrastructure/Water/2007-SEP%20Tech%20Memo%204%20Long%20Term%20Source%20Development%20Option.pdf

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    Would it be a cost effective solution to offer Nestle part of our water resources in return for supplementing/covering the cost of residential water meter installation?

    JohnnyBirdlegs asked 6 months ago

    Interesting question. This is not an option for cost recovery. In response to water extraction applications in 2011 and concerns from the community, the SCRD Board adopted a "Water Bottling Policy" that prohibits the sale of water resources to Nestle or any other interested party for commercial bottling. This Policy applies to all streams, lakes, groundwater, and wells within the SCRD.

    You can read the "Water Bottling Policy" here: http://hh3.scrd.ca/files/File/Administration/Agendas/2011/02-10-11-PDC-optimized.pdf#page=59

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