The Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area and the City of Parksville are supplied in part by water from the Englishman River during the summer months. The Englishman River water intake is operated by the City of Parksville operations staff, who monitor water demands closely to ensure a continued supply for the community's needs, including fire protection. Due to complications with aging infrastructure at the Englishman River pump station, the ability to pump water has been compromised and the existing surface water intake is currently not operating at full capacity. The infiltration gallery is plugging up with fine material and as a result, only one of three pumps can be run at a time. This will be a challenge until the new intake and water treatment plant is built which is planned as part of the Englishman River Water Service project scheduled for completion in July 2019. Once constructed, the new surface water intake will be able to supply increased water demands into the future.
Although we have had a wet and cool spring, the dry weather is now upon us and Environment Canada is predicting a drier than normal summer. Residents are asked to conserve water, particularly discretionary outdoor water use such as the watering of lawns. Pro-active water conservation is critical for protecting stream flows for aquatic habitat and is essential for avoiding or deferring stricter watering restrictions as the summer progresses. Should we not see swift reductions in water consumption under Stage 3, it will be necessary to implement Stage 4 watering restrictions - a comprehensive watering ban which prohibits all lawn watering, filling of pools, washing of vehicles and pressure-washing outdoor surfaces etc.
Staff at the City of Parksville and the RDN will continue to monitor demands daily and will produce weekly graphs to report out on consumption patterns. We appreciate the efforts of residents to conserve water this summer.
As a reminder to residents, Stage 3 watering restrictions are as follows:
Detailed information on water conservation can be found via www.teamwatersmart.ca , including an interactive map with information on watering restrictions across the region.
Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo