The Malahat Water system services the residential development (formerly called Elkington Forest) located at the south end of Area B Shawnigan Lake on Trailhead Circle. There will be 19 customers located in the service area for Phase 1 of this development with eventual build out of 97 lots.
Source, Treatment and Distribution
Water is supplied from one groundwater well, filtered, UV disinfected and then chlorinated at the treatment building before being pumped to a 20,000 litre plastic above-grade reservoir. The water is pumped on demand from the reservoir to the distribution system and to each water service.
Due to the small size of the potable reservoir constructed by the developer, fire protection is not provided by the CVRD, but will be maintained by the strata and is supplied by a large storage pond and fire pump.
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
Malahat water system is sampled, at a minimum, once a week. The following table shows the sampling frequency and parameters tested for the water system:
|Monthly||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.
Malahat 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.
|Billing Period||Meter Reading Date||User Fees* minimum payment (up to 200m3)||Parcel Tax**||Minimum Annual Fee (User Fee and Parcel)|
|March 15 to September 14||September 15||$150||$1,474||$1,774|
|September 15 to March 14||March 15||$150||$1,474|
*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