Edgewood Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

Size and number of connections

The system currently services 91 active connections. 

Location

The system is located in the community of Edgewood, within RDCK Electoral Area K. Edgewood is on the west side of Lower Arrow Lake off of Highway 6 between Nakusp and Vernon.

Source

The Edgewood water system derives source water from two new wells drilled in 2017 that are located off Eagle Crescent. 

System description

The system was constructed in 1966 as part of a compensation program associated with the construction of the Keenlyside Dam. An upgrade to some system components and controls was completed in 2001. This upgrade included installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which allows for remote system operation and monitoring.

A new reservoir, pump station, and water transmission line were completed and commissioned in December 2019. The reservoir is significantly larger, offering greater storage capacity. The pump station is complete with new controls and power upgrades. A 350-meter water transmission line ties in the new infrastructure to the existing distribution system.

Treatment

The new well sources for this system are in an aquifer that is presumed to not be directly influenced by surface water, and as a result, disinfection is not implemented. Water quality data continues to be collected to confirm good water quality. 

Storage

The system includes a 600,000 litre insulated bolted steel storage tank.

Distribution system

The system includes 3,147 metres of PVC, steel, and asbestos-concrete mainlines, as well as 2,060 metres of copper service connection lines. Recent asbestos cement pipe sample testing indicates that the distribution system should be replaced soon. 

Fire-fighting

Edgewood is not a Fire Underwriters Survey rated fire system. 

Significant issues

Asbestos cement pipe in the distribution system may need to be replaced soon due to age and condition. 

Plans for future upgrades

 The following capital projects are planned:

  • Disconnection of the old reservoir in 2020
  • Stand-by power for the new wells in 2021
  • New well fencing and old reservoir removal in 2024

The Regional District is currently exploring options for the two former production wells. 

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.

Governance

In January 2011, ownership and operation of the Edgewood water system was transferred to the RDCK. This system was historically owned and operated by the Edgewood Water Corporation, a subsidiary company of BC Hydro.

The content on this page was last updated April 19 2021 at 1:15 PM