McDonald Creek Water System

Size and number of connections

The system services 68 active connections.


The system is located in the Allen Subdivision, in the Village of Kaslo. Kaslo is within RDCK Electoral Area D.


In May 2002, the McDonald Creek water system intake was damaged beyond repair by a landslide. This event necessitated an emergency connection to the Village of Kaslo's water system. McDonald Creek users continue to receive water from the Kaslo system, which derives source water from Kemp Creek.

System description

This system was rebuilt in 2003-2004. It became a RDCK service in 2004. In 2007, the RDCK signed an agreement for the Village of Kaslo to operate the McDonald Creek water service.


Water delivered to McDonald Creek households, as with all households served by the Village of Kaslo's water system, is treated. Kaslo's water treatment plant uses chlorination as a disinfection method.


The McDonald Creek system consists only of a distribution network and does not have any storage capacity.

Distribution system

The system consists of 1.7 kilometres of PVC pipe. This infrastructure remains in very good condition.


The system is designed to provide adequate fire protection and includes seven (7) hydrants.

Significant issues

To reduce administrative, operation, and maintenance costs, the McDonald Creek system could benefit over the long term by amalgamating with the Village of Kaslo system.

Plans for future upgrades

No upgrades to this system are planned for the near future.

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 by RDCK and operated by the Village of Kaslo.

The content on this page was last updated June 3 2020 at 1:48 PM