Lucas Road Water System
The Regional DIstrict has implemented quarterly metered billing in the Lucas Road water system beginning January 2020. Metered billing will now include a base rate that is applied to all accounts, and a volumetric charge for actual consumption.
Annual Drinking Water Information
Size and number of connections
The system services five active connections.
The system is located on Lucas Road, directly adjacent to the City of Castlegar off of Highway 3 and the north end of 14th Avenue, 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.
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.
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.
A water system leak was suspected and night leak detection work was completed in 2018. The results indicated that a very small amount of leakage was occuring within the distribution system.
Plans for future upgrades
There are no capital upgrades planned at this time.
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.
This system is currently owned and operated by the RDCK.
The content on this page was last updated April 19 2021 at 1:28 PM