Lucas Road Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

Lucas Road Water System 2019 Annual Drinking Water Information Brochure.

Size and number of connections

The system services six (6) active connections.


The system is located on Lucas Road, directly adjacent to the City of Castlegar off of Highway 3 and the north end of 14th Avenue, within RDCK Electoral Area J.


The residents of Lucas Road were initially serviced by wells and surface sources. The City of Castlegar now delivers potable water to these residences through a single connection point. This connection is metered and includes a backflow prevention unit to protect the city's supply. Castlegar's water intake is located just above the Keenleyside dam on Lower Arrow Lake.

System description

This system was rebuilt in 1989 and converted to a RDCK service at that time.


Water delivered to Lucas Road households, as with all households served by the City of Castlegar's water system, is treated. Castlegar's water treatment plant uses chlorination as a disinfection method.


The Lucas Road system consists only of a distribution network and does not have any storage capacity.

Distribution system

The system includes 430 metres of polyethylene pipe. Reports suggest that this infrastructure is nearing half its useful lifespan.


The distribution system does not include any fire fighting infrastructure and is not designed for fire protection according to the Fire Underwriter Survey. Lucas Road, however, is located in a Fire Protection Service Area.

Significant issues

To reduce administrative, operation, and maintenance costs, the Lucas Road system could benefit over the long term by amalgamating with the Castlegar water system.

In 2014 it was discovered that the water meter that records total flow from the City of Castlegar was faulty and under reading when compared with residential meters. The main line meter has since been replaced.

A water system leak is suspected and night leak detection work will be scheduled with Castlegar in late 2018 / early 2019. In order to better understand discrepancies between the main line meter and residential meters, the meters need to be read more frequently and at the same time.

Plans for future upgrades

There are no capital upgrades planned at this time.

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 content on this page was last updated April 15 2019 at 3:11 PM