West Robson Water System
Annual Drinking Water Information
Size and number of connections
The system services 105 connections, including two trailer parks. An estimated 220 residents are served by the West Robson Water System.
The system is located on Broadwater Road in the community of West Robson on the western border of Robson-Raspberry, within RDCK Electoral Area J. West Robson is downstream of the Keenlyside dam on the Columbia River.
The West Robson water system derives source water from two wells located off Broadwater Road. One of these wells was drilled in 1966 and the other was drilled in 2010. Both wells are approximately 40 metres deep.
The system was constructed in 1966 as part of a compensation program associated with the construction of the Keenlyside Dam. Some components were upgraded in 1997, 2001, and 2010. West Robson utilizes a SCADA system, which allows for remote system monitoring.
Since the source for this system is an aquifer that is not directly influenced by surface water, disinfection and filtration are not required.
The system includes a 318,000 litre bolted steel reservoir.
The system includes 3,700 metres of asbestos-concrete mainlines, as well as 1,325 metres of copper service connection lines. A 2009 report found that the system's asbestos-concrete pipes will require replacement within a decade.
This system does not provide fire-fighting capabilities since it does not have the number of hydrants necessary to do so.
A 2009 assessment of the West Robson water system recommended that a wellhead protection plan be developed in order to ensure the long-term safety of the water source.
Plans for future upgrades
The West Robson system benefited from a number of upgrades prior to being converted to a RDCK service. No significant capital works are planned for the near future.
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.
In January 2011, ownership and operation of the West Robson system was transferred to the RDCK. This system was historically owned and operated by the West Robson Water Corporation, a subsidiary company of BC Hydro.
The content on this page was last updated April 17 2019 at 3:56 PM