West Robson Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

West Robson Water System 2017 Annual Drinking Water Information Brochure.

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 in the community of West Robson, 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.

System description

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.

Distribution system

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.

Significant issues

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.


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 25 2017 at 12:54 PM