Kerry Village Water System

Kerry Village Water System
Kerry Village Water System is located west of Mill Bay in Area A. The water system services the Kerry Village mobile home park, a residential development off of Briarwood Drive and a new subdivision on Shawnigan Mill Bay Road.

Source, Treatment and Distribution

A groundwater well pumps water to the treatment building where the water is treated for manganese and iron in the source water. The water then receives chlorine disinfection before being pumped to a 318 m3, below-grade, concrete water storage reservoir and is fed to the distribution system as required by the 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 for quick response.

Annual Water Testing


Kerry Village water system is sampled, at a minimum, once a week. The following table shows the sampling frequency and parameters tested for the water system:

 Frequency Parameter Tested Laboratory
Weekly Bacterial (E.Coli and Total Coliforms) Samples are submitted to the Island Health Authority 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.

Fee Structure

Kerry Village water system is a partially metered water system. Customers receive user fee invoices every six months and an annual parcel tax is levied on individual property taxes. Mobile homes are charged a flat rate. Single family homes have a water meter that records water consumption. Water meters are read every six months and these customers are charged according to their consumption and based on the rates set out in the table below.

Annual Charges 


Billing Period Billing Date User Fees*
(per billing period)
 Parcel Tax**
Annual Fee 
(User Fee and Parcel tax)
January 1-June 30 February 1 $260 (mobile home)
$348.50 (single family dwelling)
 $200.00 $720 (mobile home)
$897 (single family dwelling)
July 1- December 31
August 3 $260 (mobile home)
$348.50 (single family dwelling)

Inclined Block Rate Table

 User Fees
 Water Use (per billing period)  Charge
 0-200 m3
$348.50
 201-300 m3
$348.50 + 1.00 per m3  over 200 m3
 301-400 m3
$448.50 + 1.50 per m over 300 m3
 over 400 m3
$598.50 + 2.25 per m over 400 m3

*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.

Current year budget information can be viewed here.

Undetected Leaks

User Charges may be adjusted where an undetected leak on the consumer's property has resulted in water usage greatly exceeding typical usage of water, according to the applicable classification(s) and there is no indication that water was knowingly allowed to run to waste. A request for a leak adjustment may be granted if all the following conditions are met or in extraordinary circumstances approval of the Corporate Financial Officer or the Manager.

1. The property owner has not been granted a leak adjustment in the last 5 years.

2. The leak was repaired within 30 days of billing or discovery of the leak.

3.  Written verification describing the nature of the leakage and the action taken to rectify the problem must be received by the Manager before a leak adjustment will be granted.

Where a leak adjustment is approved, User Charge adjustments will be determined as follows:

1. If the leak is found in the service line, volumes from the 2 previous years, of the same billing cycle, will be averaged and charged. ie. Average of 2 previous summers, if leak occurs in the summer.

2. If the leak is associated with an in-home plumbing fixture or irrigation system, volumes from the 2 previous years, of the same billing cycle will be averaged plus 50% of the incremental water usage (between the average and the overage) will be charged to a maximum added value of $500.

3. Subsequent leaks occurring with the 5 years of the previous leak adjustment request will be eligible for a cap of $1,500.