Water System Upgrades & Metering Project

For project updates click HERE.
For Universal Metering information click HERE.

Background

Despite the completion of a new treatment plant in 2011, the Balfour Water System continues to face capacity, aging infrastructure, reliability and financial challenges.

The RDCK was awarded a $2.8 million Clean Water & Wastewater Fund Grant (CWWF) to undertake capital upgrades in the Balfour Water System, contingent on the Regional District to provide the balance of the project costs of $583,323.00.

An Assent Voting Process (Referendum) was held in June 2017 to gain public approval for project borrowing. The results indicated that 87.9% of voters were in support of the borrowing, with 12.1% opposed.

Project work has commenced and under the granting agency requirements, all project components must be completed in their entirety by March 31, 2019.

For more information on the Assent Voting Process (Referendum) please see the brochure HERE, FAQs HERE and Referendum results HERE.

Project Description and Timeline

The components of the Balfour Water Upgrades project are following including the budgeted costs:

Community Meeting - Water System
Upgrade & Universal Metering
INFO May 15, 2017
Reservoir Replacement $1,011,000 May 2018 completion
Universal Metering $   475,000 Fall 2017 - Summer 2018

Treatment Plant

Lake Pump Station Standby Power

Upper Zone Pump Station Relocation

$   199,000 Summer 2018 Completion

Distribution System Upgrade
(within existing service area boundary)

Looping and District Metering
(includes Hydrant and Valve Infill)

$   725,000 July 2018 completion

Descriptions of the project components can be found HERE.  Detailed information on the Universal Metering component can be found HERE.

Project Benefits

  • Improved system reliability and fire protection (with replacement of structurally unsound reservoir and addition of standby power)
  • Improved demand side management (with metering) will lessen the need to issue Stage 3 Water Conservation Measures and the resulting reduced water consumption can extend the life of water system infrastructure, thereby reducing costs to the users

Project Updates

Project updates will be released on a regular basis.  Please check back here to obtain current project status.

UPDATE - August 8, 2018:

Western Tank & Lining has begun the installation of the reservoir and this portion of the project will proceed quite rapidly.   Once the reservoir installation is complete, Kaslo Industrial will be on-site to begin the work of connecting this new reservoir to the water system.  The original intention was to disassemble and scrap the old reservoir.  We have heard from a number of residents lately requesting we keep this old reservoir up to assist with wildfires as it could assist with filling tenders.  The RDCK will be evaluating this and updating the community once completed.  Should this be a viable option; the reservoir would not store potable water and only be filled at times when wildfires are affecting the community or adjacent areas.

UPDATE - August 1, 2018:

The installation of water meters will be starting in mid- August.  To book an appointment for your meter installation, please call Corix Water Products at 1-855-455-3696. Alternatively, you can request an appointment through their online self-serve portal, by visiting  www.corix.com/balfour or emailing balfour.watermeter@corix.com. Your account number and the last name of the account holder will be required to book.  Appointments can be booked Monday through Friday, from 8am to 8pm, and on Saturday and Sundays from 9am to 5pm. The water meter installations are expected to be completed by Fall 2018. 

A letter was recently sent out to all property owners in Balfour with detailed information on the upgrades project including the universal metering installations. You can view the letter HERE and the accompanying FAQ HERE.

Trainor Mechanical, the contractor that performed the watermain upgrade portion of this project, has completed the paving and much of the rehabilitation work.  Hydroseeding will occur as soon as the weather allows; the seed will not take in hot temperatures. Trainor is scheduled to return at the end of August to install the generators at both the lake pump station and water treatment plant. 

Universal Metering Project

The Universal Metering project has commenced. The project will encompass the installation of meters in all developed properties within the Balfour Water System.  There are many steps to take place before the goal of metered billing is implemented in the Balfour Water System.  A metering consultant that has extensive experience in implementing metering programs has been retained to aid the RDCK in outlaying the Universal Metering project.

For general information on water meters click HERE.

Universal Metering Project Timeline

Following the advice of our Metering Consultant, the RDCK will be conducting site visits to commercial and residential properties in the Balfour Water System to determine meter installation requirements.  A RDCK staff member is currently conducting these site visits on Wednesdays.  If you would like to arrange an appointment for a site visit to your property, or have any questions regarding the metering project, please contact the RDCK Water Services Department at (250) 352-8171 or WaterContact@rdck.bc.ca.

The expected Universal Metering Project timeline is outlined below. This timeline is subject to change dependent on many project variables:

November 2017 - February 2018 Site visits to determine metering needs
February - July 2018 Installation contractor tendering process
Summer/Fall 2018 Meter installation period
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 RDCK will monitor meter readings
Fall 2019 RDCK will formulate metered rate structure
January 2020 Balfour utility billing transfers to metered billing


Publi
c Outreach

The public outreach program for this project includes: mailouts with timely information, notices posted within the Balfour community, regular updates posted on the RDCK website and facebook page, water notifications, and a community meeting / open house.

If you would like to receive notifications regarding this project by text or phone message please sign up HERE or call the Utility Billing office at (250) 352-8182.

A WaterSmart Ambassador is available in the summer months during the project to help water users who wish to learn more about water conservation in preparation for the transition to metered billing. The Ambassador can be reached at 250-505-8167 or WaterSmartCentral@rdck.bc.ca.

RDCK Water Services staff are always available to answer questions about the Balfour Upgrades and Universal Metering Project. Please feel free to contact us at (250) 352-8171 or WaterContact@rdck.bc.ca anytime.

The content on this page was last updated August 8 2018 at 12:58 PM