Honeymoon Bay Water System
Source, Treatment and Distribution
Honeymoon Bay water system receives its water from a groundwater well. The water receives chlorine disinfection before being pumped up to a 454 m3 water reservoir and is fed back down to the distribution system as required from 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 send to the on-duty pager to alert CVRD-staff.
Additional Well Upgrade Project
As the past hot summers have made it challenging for one well to provide the necessary water demands, an upgrade project is currently underway to bring a secondary well to the water system. This work follows a successful petition process, completed in 2015, in which the community provided approval for the CVRD to borrow the necessary funds to develop a secondary well at Lily Park. Once all necessary approvals are in place and the design work is complete a competitive bid process will be used to select the contractor and construction work will begin.
Annual Water Testing
Honeymoon Bay water system is sampled, at a minimum, once a week. The following table shows the sampling frequency and parameters tested for the water system:
|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.||ALS Environmental|
Testing results can be found in the Annual Water Report completed each year.
Fee StructureHoneymoon Bay water system is a metered water system meaning 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)
Annual Charges (2017 Rates)
|Billing Period||Meter Reading Date||User Fees*
minimum payment (up to 200m3)
| Parcel Tax**
Minimum Annual Fee
(User Fee and Parcel)
|November 1-April 30||May 1||$80.00||$444.90||$604.90|
|May 1- October 31
*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.
BC Assessment charges a 5.25% administrative fee which is included in this amount.
Inclined Block Rate Table
|Water Use (per billing period)||Charge|
|201-300 m3||$80.00 + $1.00 per m3 over 200m3|
|301-400 m3|| $180.00 + $1.50 per m3 over 300m3
| over 400 m3
||$330.00 + $2.25 per m3 over 400m3|
High Consumption Due to Undetected Leaks
User charges may be adjusted 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. A minimum of 15 years must have passed before a subsequent forgiveness request will be granted. Subsequent leaks occurring within 15 years of the previous forgiveness approval will be eligible for a cap of $1500.00. 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.