Bowen Bay Water System
The Bowen Bay water system services about 150 users in the Bowen Bay neighbourhood.
Water for the Bowen Bay system is supplied from four drilled groundwater wells. There is also an interconnecting line from King Edward Bay Water System to augment the supply as needed. Water is treated by flow-paced injection of sodium hypochlorite prior to storage in an 82 cubic metre bolted steel storage tank. The water is tested for chlorine residuals every day and samples are sent to Vancouver Coastal Health once a week.
The annual water charge for Bowen Bay is $705. This amount entitles each property owner to use up to 7,200 gallons of water per month.
Water meters are read only during the summer months, on or about the first of the month from May through September. Each household’s water consumption is measured, and consumption which exceeds 7,200 gallons per month during the months of June, July, August and September will be charged at the following rates:
|Gallons||Rate per gallon|
|7,201 - 9,000||$0.02|
|9,001 - 12,000||$0.10|
Public Works staff will advise property owners in writing if their water use exceeds 7,200 gallons during the summer months. Homeowners who receive such letters are encouraged to reduce water use to promote water conservation and avoid additional metered rate charges.
In October, if applicable, homeowners will receive a bill for all excess use charges incurred over the summer. Water bills that remain unpaid after December 31 will be transferred to the property tax account and accrue interest as of January 1 the following year.
Unconnected properties are billed at an annual rate of $447.
Changes are coming to your water bill
Last year, Council asked us to review all Municipal water rate bylaws with a view to developing uniform and consistent charges for all Municipal water users. Tunstall Bay was the first water system (outside of Cove Bay) to switch to a hybrid billing system and the other water districts will follow suit.
Why switch to metered rates?
- promotes a culture of water conservation
- improves leak protection
- develops consistency Island-wide
- distributes costs more equitably
How to get involved?
- Subscribe to the Bowen Bay Water System mailing list to receive updates about upcoming changes, meeting dates and alerts for scheduled maintenance
- Attend an information meeting (to be scheduled in March 2017)
- Check out the agendas and minutes of the Local Advisory Committee meetings
Bowen Island is taking steps towards a drought management plan by endorsing the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) in order to promote awareness about the importance of water conservation.
If you are interested in receiving e-mail updates about topics relevant to your municipal water system, please subscribe to your water system mailing list.
The Bowen Bay Water System Local Advisory Committee has advisory powers to Council regarding water system issues, and also reviews the operating and capital budgets for the utility. The Committee meets two to three times a year, including an annual information meeting where any users of the Bowen Bay Water System are welcome to attend.