Riondel Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

Size and Number of Connections

The system services 202 active connections.


The system is located in the community of Riondel, on the east shore of Kootenay Lake with access off of Highway 3A. Riondel is within RDCK Electoral Area A.


The water system derives source water from Indian Creek. A low, concrete weir with a diversion inlet has been built on this creek. As with all surface sources, the creek is susceptible to contamination from environmental influences. The supply area is designated as a Community Watershed. 

System Description 

The Riondel system was first developed in the mid-1900s to service the Bluebell mine site. It was converted to an RDCK service in 1972. The Riondel water treatment plant was completed in March 2016. 

For more information on the Riondel water system, see presentation provided at a September 16, 2019 Open House here .


Treatment includes a coarse 100 micron self-cleaning screen, followed by mebrane filtration for physical removal of some microbiological componenets and turbidity reduction. Sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) is then added for disinfection of bacteria and viruses. The treated water is stored in a reservoir and then released into the distribution system.


The system includes a 100,000 gallon steel reservoir. The capacity of the tank meets existing local water demands and may be able to support moderate growth.

Distribution system

A large portion of the distribution system was replaced in 1978. It includes approximately 4.6 kilometres of steel and PVC mainlines. Reports suggest that this infrastructure remains in good condition.


Existing fire-fighting infrastructure includes 12 hydrants and two standpipes. The capacity of the reservoir meets current guidelines for fire protection. The Riondel water system has been recognized by the Fire Underwriters Survey as having a Dwelling Protection Grade since 1992. Subscribing insurance providers can get water system grading information from Fire Underwriters Survey.

Significant Issues 

High water demand in Riondel has resulted in the requirement for the issuance of Stage 3 water conservation measures in recent years. 

Riondel has been subject to significant rate increases in recent years, primarily due to increases in treatment costs, water leak repairs, and high water demand. 

Plans for Future Upgrades

Safety upgrades and a chlorine room addition are planned for the water treatment plant in the near future. 

Water Quality Monitoring

Water quality is regularly monitored in the Riondel Water System and is reported to Interior Health.  For more information please see the 2020 Annual Report of Monitoring (Riondel). 

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 based on the highest risk/highest need.


This system is currently owned and operated by the RDCK. The RDCK receives community-specific advice and policy guidance from the Riondel Commission of Management. The commission also coordinates the operation and maintenance of the system.

The content on this page was last updated April 26 2022 at 2:49 PM