Become an RDCK Water Service

Many rural water systems are experiencing difficulties with sustainable and compliant operations. Reasons typically include:

  • Inadequate cost recovery
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Depleted financial reserves
  • Inadequate system maintenance
  • Loss of interest by volunteers in continued operations
  • Inaccessibility of grant funding opportunities
  • Inadequate treatment
  • Volunteer retirement

For these reasons, owners of small water systems, and the residents that are served by them, may be interested in transferring ownership and operation of their system to the Regional District.

The Regional District has listed several resource documents on best practices for the operations and management of small water systems:

Regional District Water Management Plan

In 2009, the Regional District developed a Regional Water Management Plan [PDF - 4.8 MB] with the intent to help guide future decisions related to water system assessment, conversion and operation, better prepare the District to respond to climate change impacts, and support proactive actions when considering the current and future water needs.  The following diagram [PDF - 38 KB] summarizes the application process for utilities interested in becoming a Regional District service.  

Along with the completion of the Plan, the RDCK board lifted a 7-year moratorium on the acceptance of additional water systems.  At the time, the RDCK was servicing 10 independent water utilities.  Since the lifting of the moratorium, an additional 9 water systems have joined.

Moratorium

In October 2012, the Board of the RDCK reinstated the moratorium on incorporating additional systems, and is currently not accepting new applications. The reason was to give the Regional District more time to ensure that important water quality improvements and operational practices were established in the new systems that have recently joined.

The Board has since commissioned a service review to look at best practices for regional government in servicing small water systems. It is anticipated that the moratorium would not be lifted until findings of the review have been implemented.

Current applicants will be advised of their status once the service review is complete.

The content on this page was last updated July 20 2017 at 10:41 AM