Arbutus Mountain Estates Water System

Arbutus Mountain Estates-water treatment facility

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:

FrequencyParameter TestedLaboratory
WeeklyBacterial (E.Coli and Total Coliforms)Samples are submitted to Island Health for testing by a provincial laboratory
AnnualFull 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.

Fee Structure

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.

Annual Charges

Billing PeriodMeter Reading DateUser Fees*
minimum payment (up to 200m3)

Parcel Tax**
Minimum Annual Fee
(User Fee and Parcel)
March 15- September 14September 15$140.00 $260.00$540.00
September 15- March 14March 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

User Fees
Water Use (per billing period)Charge
0-200 m3$140.00
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

High Consumption Due to Undetected Leaks

User charges may be adjusted on a one-time forgiveness basis, where an undetected leak on your property has resulted in water consumption greatly exceeding your normal consumption (for the billing period) and there is no indication that water was knowingly allowed to run to waste. Additionally, a cap of $1500 is in place for subsequent leaks after the first forgiveness of a water overage charge. Written verification describing the nature of the leak and the action taken to repair the problem must be received by the Manager before the forgiveness will be granted.

 $140.00 + $1.10 per m3 over 200m3