Jul 23, 2017

Englishman River Water Service

Arrowsmith Dam In 1996, the Regional District of Nanaimo, City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach entered into the Arrowsmith Water Service Joint Venture Agreement (AWS) to construct, operate and maintain the Arrowsmith Dam, storage reservoir and associated water supply facilities. The dam provides storage for a water supply system to service Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the RDN water service areas in Nanoose Bay and French Creek.

Currently in the AWS service area, about 85 per cent of all drinking water comes from wells. Well capacity has declined in a number of areas. The Arrowsmith Dam is required to address uncertainty regarding the sustainability of groundwater supplies for present and future needs. The Englishman River water provided by the AWS is intended to supplement groundwater supply and is provided on a seasonal basis only.

Arrowsmith Water Service Joint Venture Agreement
Arrowsmith Water Service is a joint venture agreement between the City of Parksville (63.9% share), Regional District of Nanaimo (22.4% share) and the Town of Qualicum (13.7% share)

In 2011, the partners renewed a revised AWS joint venture agreement which addressed governance and funding of the bulk water service. The Town of Qualicum Beach will retain interest in the Arrowsmith Dam including the annual operations and maintenance but not in future capital works of the new water intake, treatment facility and aquifer storage and recovery wells.

Englishman River Water Service Joint Venture Agreement
The Englishman River Water Service (ERWS) is a joint venture between the City of Parksville (74% share) and the Regional District of Nanaimo (26% share) formed to secure a bulk water supply from the Englishman River. Both jurisdictions need additional water intake capacity and improved surface water treatment.

The ERWS joint venture agreement parallels and complements the Arrowsmith Water Service joint venture agreement with only the City of Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo as joint venture participants. The agreement describes the infrastructure (water intake and treatment plant) that will be cost shared by the two participants and contains language that provides an option for the Town of Qualicum Beach to join the agreement in the future.

Planning for Your Water
There are many factors contributing to the need to expand the water supply infrastructure. Currently in the ERWS service area, over half the drinking water comes from wells. Well capacity has declined in a number of areas. The Arrowsmith Dam is required to address uncertainty regarding the sustainability of groundwater supplies for present and future needs. The Englishman River water provided by the ERWS is intended to supplement groundwater supply and is currently only provided on a seasonal basis. The next phase of the ERWS joint venture will be the construction of a new water intake on the Englishman River, water treatment plant and water transmission system. This is required to ensure a reliable year-round supplementary source of water to provide for higher drinking water quality standards.

Detailed information about the Arrowsmith Water Service and the Englishman River Water Service, including minutes and reports may be viewed at www.englishmanriverwaterservice.ca

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