Why are tourists still allowed on the Sunshine Coast during stage 4 water regulations?

    Unless the SCRD is in a state of emergency, the regional district has no control or authority over who can visit the Sunshine Coast.

    What are you doing to increase water supply?

    The Sunshine Coast Regional District is focused on an integrated approach to water, so that we are never too dependent on any one water supply source. There are three new projects underway at Langdale, Gray Creek and Church Road. The Church Road project is awaiting a provincial water licence in the upcoming months and is expected to reduce our water supply deficit by up to 50% when operational in 2022. The other projects are in earlier stages and could be completed by the summer of 2025.

    These three projects, in addition to the installation of water meters in the Sechelt area, will ensure that there is a more sustainable water supply for residents on the Sunshine Coast. Combined, these projects will ensure that there would be no need to call Stage 3 or Stage 4 during dry summers from 2025 onwards.

    Read more about these projects here: https://letstalk.scrd.ca/lets-talk-water

    Why is development still allowed?

    There is no specific authority available to local governments through the Local Government Act, Community Charter or other legislation for a blanket moratorium on development approval. However, the SCRD can promote or require water conservation measures through its bylaws related to subdivision servicing and zoning. The work to make the required updates to these bylaws has started.

    What happens if we run out of water?

    If supply cannot meet demand on the Chapman Water System, a state of emergency will be called. Under this state of emergency, the SCRD will receive Provincial assistance to provide the essential amount of water for residents, health care and firefighting. This may take many forms including the Town of Gibsons providing water to the Chapman System, emergency water supply from Edwards lake, Chapman lake or Trout lake, and mandatory restriction on non-essential water use, such as by businesses and institutions.

    Under a state of emergency, the total amount of water available for users on the Chapman Water System is expected to be below 9 million litres per day. It could even be as low as 6 million depending on the emergency water supply sources we are able to secure. As of August 19, our average daily use is roughly 12.5 million litres per day.

    I think there’s a leak in my area, who do I call?

    Please call Infrastructure Services at 604-885-6156.

    My neighbour is not following Stage 4 water regulations, what can I do?

    If you have a concern about water conservation or sprinkling, please call 604-885-6806 or use the SCRD’s online complaint form.

    Staff will follow up on all complaints received. In Stage 4, bylaw officers will issue a Bylaw Enforcement Notice and a fine. The fine under Stage 4 Water Conservation Regulations is $500.

    How much water is provided for environmental flow needs?

    Environmental flow needs (EFN) refer to the volume and timing of water required for the proper function of an aquatic ecosystem. In this case, the amount of water needed in Chapman Creek to sustain fish habitat, plants and vegetation.  

    Water released from the lakes and the watershed must provide at least 200 L/sec for EFN and the SCRD consumption for residential use at the Chapman Creek Water Treatment Plant (CWT). If the CWT produces 12 million L/day or ~140 L/sec and 200 L/sec needs to be provided for EFN, 340L/sec is the required minimum flow in the creek or 30 million litres/day.