The Saltair Water System was constructed beginning in the early 1960’s with the majority of the water lines being built in the 1970’s to the mid 1980’s. The CVRD assumed responsibility for the system in 1986. The system is now comprised of 13 commercial classifications and 722 residential classifications with a total of 847 parcels of land within the system, and continues to supply water to a portion of the Town of Ladysmith's annexed lands.
The sole source of water for this system is Stocking Lake, a small body of water in a small watershed. This source of water is also shared with the Town of Ladysmith. Water flows from the lake through a series of pressure reducing valves that reduce line pressure from 2200 kPa (320 psi) to 345 kPa (50 psi) and into a 819,000 litre above-grade reservoir.
Saltair’s water is fed to a pressure-reducing station and treatment station located at 10620 South Watts Road. The raw water receives disinfection through a chlorine dosing system. The chlorine residual level is continuously monitored and if the chlorine levels are too high or too low, an alarm signal will alert CVRD staff 24 hours a day.
The distribution system consists primarily of 150-mm and 100-mm asbestos cement pipe, with new 200-mm and 150-mm PVC pipeworks along the Trans-Canada Highway.
As part of the maintenance program for the water system, the distribution system is flushed on an annual basis, usually in the spring, and the hydrants and valves are regularly maintained.