Changes underway for water supply in Chemainus. (File photo)

Changes underway for water supply in Chemainus to end boil orders

Water will come from Chemainus River aquifer this summer

The Municipality of North Cowichan has received permission from the province to use and divert water from the Chemainus River aquifer for the community of Chemainus during the summers of 2019 and 2020.

This allows North Cowichan to gather actual data on potential impacts to Chemainus River to inform the province’s decision about long-term licensing.

Since 2010, North Cowichan has supplied water to Chemainus via the Chemainus River aquifer between Oct. 15 and June 15 each year, and from the Banon Creek surface reservoir between June 15 and Oct. 15.

RELATED STORY: MORE WATER TESTING SOUGHT IN FISHER ROAD AREA OF COBBLE HILL

Each year, this requires a switchover between the two water systems and has resulted in numerous summer boil-water advisories.

In 2015, North Cowichan applied to the BC Environmental Assessment Office for permission to draw water for the community from the Chemainus River aquifer year-round.

In April, 2018, EAO granted North Cowichan an amendment to its Environmental Assessment Certificate to allow year-round operation of the Chemainus Wells Project.

Since then, North Cowichan has been pursuing the required permission under the Water Sustainability Act.

“The summer water source for the community of Chemainus has been a challenge for many years,” said North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring.

“What’s implicit in this decision is that there will be more technical work done to ensure that this water supply model is sustainable in the long term. But the permit is a measured and positive step forward, and will create an immediate benefit for the community this summer.”

Just Posted

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Two B.C. suspects of a Canada-wide manhunt reportedly recorded a cellphone video… Continue reading

North Island drug deaths spike, rate second-highest in B.C.

Area spanning north from Comox Valley trails only Vancouver in fatal overdose rate

Dead Vancouver Island man identified, shoes and backpack missing

Investigators say body found in Saanich was Victoria’s Andrew Michael Sidor

Four years, no answers in murder of Deedee Brown

Chemainus-area teen was last seen with friends on Penelakut Island in summer of 2015

Protester threatens citizens arrest during morning federal funding announcement in Oak Bay

$4.3 million to protect at-risk species and their habitats, Uplands Park declared heritage site

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

Parksville man, 75, goes missing from north Nanaimo home

Police dog services called in to help with search

Restrictions ordered to save fish in parched Cowichan Valley river

Province says Koksilah River fish populations under threat due to low water flows

Tow strap trips up Victoria cyclist

Police looking for witnesses to incident where cyclist hit line connecting vehicles

North Island wildfire listed as out of control

But Sara Lake blaze near Port Alice expected to be under control soon

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Graffiti clean up costs Victoria businesses roughly $1M a year

Business association teams up with city in campaign to reduce graffiti in downtown

PHOTOS: Hundreds welcome HMSC Regina home to Vancouver Island

Navy ship returns to Esquimalt after nearly 6 months at sea

Most Read