Fauquier Water System
Annual Drinking Water Information
Size and number of connections
The system services 94 active connections.
The system is located in the community of Fauquier, within RDCK Electoral Area K. Fauquier is on the east side of Lower Arrow Lake. The Needles Ferry landing is part of the Fauquier Water System.
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.
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.
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 treatment plant includes sand filtration for reducing turbidity and chlorination for bacteria and virus disinfection.
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.
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.
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.
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
The small upper pressure zone water storage reservoir is considered to be in poor condition and may be abandoned in upcoming years. If abandoned, standby power is planned for the small upper pressure zone booster station.
Asbestos cement pipe is nearing the end of its life expectancy and a replacement program is planned in the upcoming years.
The addition of ultraviolet light disinfection to the treatment process is planned for 2022.
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.
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 April 19 2021 at 1:20 PM