Erickson Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

Erickson Water System 2019 Annual Drinking Water Information Brochure.

Size and number of connections

The system services approximately 700 active connections and is the largest of the water systems managed by the RDCK.


The system is located in Erickson just outside the eastern border of Creston, crossing the boundary of RDCK Electoral Areas B and C.


The Erickson Water System derives source water from Arrow Creek, which is classified as a Community Watershed. The creek has benefited for several years from an ongoing water quality monitoring program. Historic water quality data for Arrow Creek indicate that, in general, the water quality falls within acceptable levels for the majority of parameters in the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines. Coliform levels, however, typically exceed the criteria and exhibit high seasonal variability.

System description

This system was first developed in 1929. In 2003, due to the failure of the Erickson Improvement District to remain in compliance with provincial water quality regulations, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs dissolved the system's Board of Trustees. At that time, the system was converted to a RDCK service.

Arrow Creek Water System event celebrates major project completion and local history.

On Friday, September 7, 2018, community members, local elected representatives and special guests celebrated the completion of a multi-year upgrades project for the Arrow Creek Water System. The event - hosted by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) - provided guests with the chance to learn about the history of the local water system, which was originally constructed almost 90 years ago, in 1929.

An open invitation was issued to people in Erickson and the Town of Creston to attend the event, which featured remarks from special guests, a ribbon-cutting of the restored drinking water fountain, and a display of the history and timeline of the water system.

For more information see the Media Release issued on September 10, 2018.


In 2005 a new water treatment plant was commissioned on Arrow Creek following a referendum in which water users considered multiple options for treatment. This plant now serves the Erickson community as well as the Town of Creston. The treatment process includes coarse screening, settling, fine screening, membrane filtration, UV disinfection and residual disinfection by chlorination. A System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) unit allows for remote plant monitoring and operation.


Two enclosed reservoirs constructed in 2017 provides storage for the Erickson system for fire fighting and additional water during peak demand periods.

Distribution system

Eleven (11) kilometres of mainline providse drinking water to residents of the Erickson community and the Town of Creston. Several kilometers of the pipeline, originally constructed in 1929, were replaced in a multi-phased project beginning in 2008 and completed in 2018. The distribution system was originally designed to operate as a flume and not as a pressurized system; the mainline replacement reduced system leakage by over 50%.


Storage and pressure in the Erickson system meets standardized requirements for fire protection in some areas. For more information contact your subscribing insurance provider.  RDCK Water Services plans to conduct a Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) assessment in 2018, to determine fire protection capabilities gained due to the Erickson Water System upgrades project.

Significant issues

The Arrow Creek Mainline project addressed most of the significant issues in Erickson Water System. However, there still remains asbestos concrete and steel watermains in the distribution system that are at or nearing end of life which need to be replaced. 

Plans for future upgrades

Sections of asbestos concrete and steel watermains that are at or nearing end of life will be replaced over the next several years. This year, there are watermain replacement projects planned for 32nd Ave. S. at Tooze Road and for Erickson Road at 3510 Erickson Road.

Water Quality Monitoring

2018 Annual Report of Monitoring (Erickson / Arrow Creek)

Asset Management Planning

An Asset Management Plan (AMP) is complete and being updated annually.  The 2018 AMP summary report can be viewed HERE

The RDCK has received grant funding under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) in 2018 to develop a Risk & Criticality Assessment model for the water system's distribution network.  This Risk & Criticality Assessment model is now a component of the AMP and is included when RDCK management considers asset replacement dates or the prioritization of upgrade work on the highest risk/highest need.


This system is currently owned and operated by the RDCK. The RDCK receives community-specific advice and policy guidance from the Erickson Water Distribution Service Commission. The RDCK maintains a separate office for management of the Erickson water system. This office can be reached at (250) 428-2612.

The content on this page was last updated September 16 2019 at 1:54 PM