Fauquier Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

Fauquier Water System 2017 Annual Drinking Water Information Brochure.

Size and number of connections

The system services 94 active connections.

Location

The system is located in the community of Fauquier, within RDCK Electoral Area K. Fauquier is on the east side of Lower Arrow Lake.

Source

The Fauquier water system derives source water from Heart Creek. A 2009 report found that risks to the surface source were minimal, but that some minor issues with erosion exist. At some times during the year, turbidity in Heart Creek exceeds 50 NTU, which is significantly higher than the recommended standard for drinking water of less than 1.0 NTU.

System Description

The system was constructed in 1966 as part of a compensation program associated with the construction of the Keenlyside Dam. Fauquier utilizes a SCADA system, which allows for remote system monitoring.

Treatment

A screen at the point of diversion removes coarse debris from the water supply.

A water treatment plant was constructed in Fauquier in 2015 to improve water quality which is negatively affected by spring freshets and summer rainfall events. Water Quality Advisories continue to be issued during some spring freschets due to increased turbidity.

The water treatment technology implemented is polishing sand filtration with UV and chlorine disinfection.

Storage

The system includes a 1,135,000 litre concrete reservoir. A second, 50,000 litre steel tank stores water for residences at higher elevations within the community.

Distribution system

The system includes 5,196 metres of PVC, GI, and asbestos-concrete mainlines, as well as 1,760 metres of copper service connection lines. A booster pump station delivers water to the secondary storage tank.

Fire-fighting

This system has adequate storage and hydrant spacing for fire-fighting. The level of fire protection available meets the Fire Underwriters Survey standards. The Fauquier water system was recognized by FUS as having a water system capable of fire protection for insurance purposes in 2000 but the Regional District does not provide a fire protection service for the area. Subscribing insurance providers can get water system grading information from Fire Underwriters Survey.Significant issues

At present, the community golf course uses water from the Fauquier system. Multiple reports have recommended that the community golf course access a separate source for irrigation, especially during peak demand periods.

Plans for Future Upgrades

A control system upgrade is planned for the booster station in 2017.

Governance

In January 2011, the Fauquier water system was converted to a RDCK service. This system was historically owned and operated by the Fauquier Water and Sewer Corporation, a subsidiary company of BC Hydro.

The content on this page was last updated October 12 2017 at 9:25 AM