Cherry Point Water System
Cherry Point Water System is located just south of Cowichan Bay, in area D and services 30 single-family residential dwellings.
Source, Treatment and Distribution
Water from the system is supplied from a groundwater well. A sequestering agent is used for reduction of the iron and manganese in the source water. The water also receives chlorine disinfection before being pumped up to a 204 m3, steel-bolted, above-ground reservoir. The distribution is gravity-fed from the reservoir on demand from customers.
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.
Annual Water Testing
Cherry Point 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 distribution is alternated each year.||Bureau Veritas|
Testing results can be found in the Annual Water Report completed each year.
Cherry Point is a fully metered water system meaning 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 viewed 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||$220.00|| |
|September 15- March 14||March 15||$220.00|
*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|| $220.00 + $1.00 per m3 over 200m3|
|301-400 m3||$320.00 + $1.50 per m3 over 300m3|
|over 400 m3||$470.00 + $2.25 per m3 over 400m3|