Arbutus Ridge

Arbutus Ridge Water Treatment
Arbutus Ridge water system is located within the Arbutus Ridge Retirement community in Area C and services this residential development of 646 residential properties, a small commercial block and a golf course.

Supply Treatment and Distribution

The source water for this water system comes from three groundwater wells located on the golf course lands.  The water receives chlorine disinfection and is stored in a 1295 m3 concrete reservoir and pumped to the distribution system as required by the customers of the system.  A stand-by power generator provided emergency power in case of hydro power failure.

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 for quick response.

Annual Water Testing

Arbutus Ridge water system is sampled, at a minimum, once a week.  The following table shows the sampling frequency and parameters tested for the water system:

 Frequency Parameter Tested Laboratory
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 Structure

Arbutus Ridge water system is not currently a metered water system.  User fees are incorporated into the monthly strata bills and there is no parcel tax.  Annual users fees for 2017 is $398.00 per property.