Woodbury Village Water System

The Woodbury Village Water System is under a
Boil Water Notice as of October 5, 2018


Annual Drinking Water Information

Size and number of connections

This water system has 42 connections.


The Woodbury Village Water System is located on Woodbury Village Road along Highway 3A between Ainsworth Hot Springs and the Village of Kaslo. This system is in RDCK Electoral Area D.

System Description

This system was created in 1985 to service the Woodbury Village development. The Woodbury Village Services Society took ownership in 1988 and operated the system as a community until 2012. The RDCK took over operations of the Woodbury Village Water System in 2012.


The source for this water system is Kootenay Lake.


In addition to the non-rated ultraviolet disinfection in place, consumption level chlorine is added to the system. These treatment methods do provide some level of protection against microorganisms; however, they do not currently meet the Provincial treatment requirements for surface water sources. Treatment system upgrades are planned in 2021 to satisfy these requirements.  


The Woodbury Village system includes a storage reservoir with a 60,000 gallon capacity.

Distribution System

The estimated length of the distribution system is 1,800 metres of 6-inch PVC piping.


There are no approved fire hydrants on this system; however, residents do have their own fire-fighting equipment and protocol for the area for which they use the system's standpipes.

Although too far to provide home insurance benefit, fire coverage is provided by the Balfour Harrop Fired Department and Kaslo Fire Department.

Significant Issues

The Woodbury Water System has been subject to recurring Total Coliform bacteria hits. In May 2016, consumption level chlorine was added to the distribution system due to the prescence of coliform bacteria. Consumption level chlorine continues to be added to the distribution system.

The water storage reservoir was operated only partially full for a number of years due to structural concerns. Reservoir structural banding was completed in 2019 to allow the reservoir to be operated at full capacity.

Plans for Future Upgrades

Upgrades planned for the existing treatment system and building will commence in Spring, 2021. This water quality improvements project will involve the construction of a small new water treatment building positioned immediately adjacent to the system’s existing pump house. The treatment building (8ft X 26ft) will house a filtration system, UV disinfection, chlorinator, and a booster pump to send the treated water up to the existing water storage reservoir. In addition, the current water line intake will be extended further into the lake by approximately 50m to meet Interior Health’s recommendations. Financial support to undertake this project is being provided under Infrastructure Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

Projects Status Updates:

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 was converted to a RDCK service in January, 2012. It was historically owned and operated by the Woodbury Village Services Society.

The content on this page was last updated September 26 2022 at 9:18 AM