Burnum Water System
Burnum water system is located between Cobble Hill and Shawnigan Lake, in Area B, and services 104 residential properties.
Source, Treatment and Distribution
Burnum water system receives its water from three groundwater wells. Due to the elevated levels of arsenic in the source water, a treatment system is installed at two of the wells to bring the arsenic level down to within the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. The water also receives chlorine disinfection before being pumped to a 500 m3 reservoir and fed on demand to the community.
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 immediate response.
Water Quality Testing
Burnum 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 the Island Health Authority for testing by a provincial laboratory|
|Twice a year||Arsenic|| Bureau Veritas|
|Annual||Full spectrum analysis based on the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. Sampling of the source and distribution is alternated each year.||Bureau Veritas|
Testing results can be found in the Annual Water Report completed each year.
Up-to-date arsenic testing results can be found here
Burnum water system is a fully metered water system and has a water meter that records water used by each customer. 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)
|Parcel Tax**||Minimum Annual Fee|
(User Fee and Parcel)
|March 1 - August 31||September 1||$225.00|
|September 1 - February 28||March 1||$225.00|
*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|
|0-200 m3|| $225.00|
|201-300 m3|| $225.00 + $1.00 per m3 over 200m3|
|301-400 m3||$325.00 + $1.50 per m3 over 300m3|
|over 400 m3|| $475.00 + $10.00 per m3 over 400m3|