Cove Bay Water System
The Cove Bay water system services about 600 users in Snug Cove, Deep Bay, Miller's Landing, Scarborough, Cates Hill, Valhalla and Queen Charlotte Heights. About 100 users in Snug Cove are also served by the Cove Bay Sewer System.
Water for the Cove Bay system is supplied by Grafton Lake. It is drawn from the lake through an intake about 10 metres deep and is then chlorinated prior to distribution to water users. It is tested for chlorine residuals every day and samples are sent to Vancouver Coastal Health once a week.
Cove Bay water quality and colour
Increased turbidity after heavy rainfalls, and leaves and branches falling into Grafton Lake can increase water quality problems and can cause the water to turn yellow-brownish in the fall. Should you have concerns about the water quality, we recommend you boil all drinking water at a rapid boil for at least one minute. This will, however, not change its colour.
Improving Cove Bay water
On March 11, 2017 the Federal and Provincial governments announced the successful applications for Building Canada grants. Bowen Island Municipality's application for $3,890,367 to help us build a new Cove Bay Water treatment plant has been approved. Read more
Viable options for implementing a water treatment plant have been examined since January 2012. In January 2015, Opus Dayton Knight Consultants Ltd. provided a Cove Bay Water Treatment Plant Implementation Plan as per the Vancouver Coastal Health Condition Letter dated June 6, 2014. Please see the Final 2015 Cove Bay Water Local Service Area Budget here, as well as a list of frequently asked questions on the Cove Bay Water Treatment Plant here.
Water meters are read three times through the year: April, August and December, with invoices following soon after. The invoice reflects the billing for the four month period between meter readings.
The flat rate of $205 covers the cost of maintenance and renewal of the water infrastructure as well as baseline operations. The average household uses less than 1 cubic metre of water per day. Property owners who use more than 34 cubic metres monthly – or 136 cubic metres within each of the four month billing cycles - will pay an excess use charge of $1.10 per cubic metre as per Bylaw No. 408, 2016.
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.
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The Cove 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 Cove Bay Water System are welcome to attend.