Arbutus Mountain Estates Water System
Arbutus Mountain Estates Water System is located south of Shawnigan Lake in Area B. The system services the 'Estates of Shawnigan Station' residential development with 124 service connections.
Source, Treatment and Distribution
Water from the system is supplied from two groundwater wells, chlorinated at the treatment building and pumped to a 751,000 L steel-bolted, above-grade reservoir. The water is gravity fed on demand from the reservoir to the distribution system and to each water service.
Critical equipment is monitored 24 hours a day for malfunctions, such as high or low chlorine levels or pump failures; if such an abnormality occurs, an alarm is immediately sent to the on-duty pager to alert CVRD staff for quick response.
Water Quality Tests
Arbutus Mountain Estates water system is sampled, at a minimum, once a week. The following table shows the sampling frequency and parameters tested for the water system:
|Weekly||Bacterial (E.Coli and Total Coliforms)||Samples are submitted to Island Health for testing by a provincial laboratory|
|Annual||Full spectrum analysis based on the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. Sampling of the source and tap water is alternated each year.||AGAT Laboratories|
Testing results can be found in the Annual Water Report completed each year.
Arbutus Mountain Estates water is a fully metered water system and each connection has a water meter that records water consumption. Water meters are read every six months and customers are charged according to their consumption and based on the rates set out in the inclined block rate table (see below for details). Current year budget information can be found here.
|Billing Period||Meter Reading Date||User Fees*|
minimum payment (up to 200m3)
|Minimum Annual Fee|
(User Fee and Parcel)
|March 15- September 14||September 15||$140.00||$260.00||$540.00|
|September 15- March 14||March 15||$140.00|
*User Fees are mailed out to each customers on the billing date stated above.
**Parcel Tax is charged once a year and is incorporated into the property tax for each customer.
Inclined Block Rate Table
|Water Use (per billing period)||Charge|
|201-300 m3||$140.00 + $1.10 per m3 over 200m3|
|301-400 m3||$250.00 + $1.65 per m3 over 300m3|
|over 400 m3||$415.00 + $2.48 per m3 over 400m3|