Lucas Road Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

Lucas Road Water System 2017 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, 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 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

In order to allow for regular flushing of the distribution system, the RDCK plans to install a blow off standpipe at the end of the mainline in the near future.

The coordination of reading the meters located in private residences has been difficult. The Regional District will be reviewing the potential cost of upgrading to remote reading capabilities.


This system is currently owned and operated by the RDCK.

The content on this page was last updated April 25 2017 at 12:32 PM