Riondel Water System
Annual Drinking Water Information
Size and Number of Connections
The system services 196 active connections.
The system is located in the community of Riondel, on the east shore of Kootenay Lake with access off of Highway 3A. Riondel is within RDCK Electoral Area A.
The Riondel system was first developed in the mid-1900s to service the Bluebell mine site. It was converted to an RDCK service in 1972. The water system derives source water from Indian Creek. A low, concrete weir with diversion inlets with a diversion inlet has been built on this creek. As with all surface sources, the creek is susceptible to contamination from environmental influences. The supply area is designated as a Community Watershed.
The Riondel water treatment plant was completed in March 2016. Water is filtered through a coarse 100 micron self cleaning screen, then filtered through a semi-permeable membrane, also known as ultra-filtration. The filtered water is then disinfected with chlorine. The treated water is stored in a reservoir and then released into the distribution system.
The system includes a 100,000 gallon steel reservoir. The capacity of the tank meets existing local water demands and may be able to support moderate growth.
A large portion of the distribution system was replaced in 1978. It includes approximately 4.6 kilometres of steel and PVC mainlines. Reports suggest that this infrastructure remains in good condition.
Existing fire-fighting infrastructure includes 12 hydrants and two standpipes. The capacity of the reservoir meets current guidelines for fire protection. The Riondel water system has been recognized by the Fire Underwriters Survey as having a Dwelling Protection Grade since 1992. Subscribing insurance providers can get water system grading information from Fire Underwriters Survey.
Significant issues and plans for future upgrades
An update on the Riondel Water System and capital upgrades will be provided at the Riondel Commission of Management meeting in October 2018.
Water Quality Monitoring
This system is currently owned and operated by the RDCK. The RDCK receives community-specific advice and policy guidance from the Riondel Commission of Management. The commission also coordinates the operation and maintenance of the system.
The content on this page was last updated August 29 2018 at 2:43 PM