Lambourn Water System

Lambourn Water System
Lambourn water system is located south-east of Cowichan Bay in area D. The water system services 160 single-family dwellings and a mobile home park.  

Source, Treatment and Distribution

Lambourn water system receives its water from three groundwater wells. The water is pumped up to the treatment building where there are provisions for the water to go through a greensand filtration system for the treatment of iron and manganese. A pilot project was started on September 11, 2017 to bypass the greensand filters and use a sequestering agent for the treatment of the iron and manganese. Click here to read more about the pilot project. The water receives chlorine disinfection before being pumped to two reservoirs and fed to the distribution 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 sent to the on-duty pager to alert CVRD staff immediately.  

Water Quality Testing

Lambourn 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 tap water is alternated each year.   AGAT Laboratories


Testing results can be found in the Annual Water Report completed each year.

Fee Structure

Lambourn is a fully metered water system. 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 table below.

Annual Charges 

Billing Period Billing Date Minimum User Fees*
(per billing period)
 Parcel Tax**
Minimum Annual Fee 
(User Fee and Parcel tax)
January 1-March 31 January 15 $145.00  $259.00 $839.00
April 1-June 30
April 15 $145.00
July 1-September 30  July 15  $145.00 
 October 1-December 31 October 15 $145.00 

*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.
  Current year budget information can be found here.

Inclined Block Rate Table

 User Fees
Water Use (per billing period)  Charge
 0 - 100 m3  $145.00
 101 - 150 m3  $145.00 + 1.00 per m3 over 100 m3
 151 - 200 m3  $195.00 + 1.50 per m3 over 150 m3
 over 200 m3  $270.00 + 2.25 per m3 over 200 m3

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 $1500.00 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.