Woodland Heights Water System

Annual Drinking Water Information

Correspondence to Customers

October 12, 2021 - Woodland Heights Well Response to Customer Feedback

Size and number of connections

The system services 27 lots and maintains 21 active connections.


The system is located in the Woodland Heights subdivision of Taghum approximately 15 km southwest of Nelson, directly across from Taghum Shell. Taghum is within RDCK Electoral Area F between Nelson and South Slocan.


The Woodland Heights water system derives source water from a 50 metre deep well.

System Description

The system was initially constructed in 1979 under the ownership of Woodland Construction Utility. At that time, the system served 16 lots. A second phase of construction brought 12 more lots on line between the years 1994 and 1997.


In September 2020, permanent chlorination disinfection treatment was installed to replace the temporary chlorinator originally implemented for occasional reoccurring coliform bacteria presence in water sample results. A new building was constructed to house the treatment system, which includes a series of contact tanks and a chlorine analyser to monitor free chlorine residual. 


The system includes a 154,700 litre concrete reservoir. Past assessments indicate that this reservoir has a lifespan of approximately 50 years.

Distribution system

The distribution system is comprised of PVC pipe with steel and brass curb connections. Past assessments report that the lifespan of this piping is approximately 80 years.


The system includes two hydrants; however, the system does not meet requirements to be classified as a fire rated system by Fire Underwriters Survey as the well does not have adequate capacity and there is no standby power.

Significant issues

No significant issues once permanent chlorine disinfection is commissioned.

Plans for future upgrades


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.


The Woodland Heights water system was converted to a RDCK service in January 2011. It was historically owned and operated by Woodland Construction Utility.

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