In July 2014, improvements to the San Pareil water distribution system, reservoir and pump station were completed. The improvements provided key upgrades to aging infrastructure, water storage, and flows that now meet requirements for fire protection purposes. The Fire Service Area serves ALL San Pareil property owners and is financially supported by all property owners. A copy of the letter received from the Fire Underwriters Survey confirming the new fire insurance grading can be downloaded in the Reports section of this website, below.
In March of 2014, Island Health updated the Operating Permit for the San Pareil Water System to include the requirement to meet the Drinking Water Treatment Objectives (Microbiological) For Surface Water Supplies in British Columbia, by December 31st, 2016.
This change in the Operating Permit was in response to a study completed by Thurber Engineering in December of 2013 which concluded that the source ground water is under the direct influence of surface water in the area.
As a result of this change the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) requested a filtration exclusion for the San Pareil Water System in June of 2014. This request was denied by Island Health in August of 2014 and at that time Island Health stated that additional data and information would be required to consider a filtration deferral.
In October of 2014 the RDN posted a Request For Proposals for qualified hydrogeologists to perform a Subsurface Filtration Study for the water system. Thurber Engineering was awarded this project and in December of 2014 Thurber, the RDN, and Island Health met to review, amend, and refine the project work plan to meet Island Health’s expectation for a Subsurface Filtration Study. As part of this work plan an entire year’s worth of turbidity data, as well as particle size analyses and MPA analyses was required.
In February of 2016 a draft Subsurface Filtration Study was submitted to Island Health for review. Comments were provided and incorporated and a final report was submitted in March of 2016. Filtration Deferral Approval was received from Island Health in May of 2016.
As part of our efforts to move forward with meeting the Operating Permit requirements, the RDN has made two grant applications to the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund. The first application was submitted in February of 2015 and was unsuccessful. An additional application was submitted in April of 2016 and the San Pareil Water Service Area was awarded $697,200 under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. This represents 83% of the estimated $840,000 budget required to design and install UV disinfection.
The remaining $142,800 (17% of the estimated budget) will be covered via tax increases. Water Service Area owners will have the option of either paying one lump sum amount or paying smaller amounts over 5 years.
More details will be given on this webpage as they become available, and at our next public meeting tentatively planned for March, 2017.
This series of questions and answers provides background information about the proposed San Pareil System Improvements.