Woodland Heights Water System

System Description and Governance

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.

The Woodland Heights water system was converted to a Regional District service in January 2011.  Community representation is provided by a volunteer Water System Community Advisory Committee.

Annual Drinking Water Information

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 groundwater well.


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 analyzer 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 water quality issues once permanent chlorine disinfection is commissioned. The ground water well failed in spring 2021. A new well was drilled, developed and commissioned in 2022.

Plans for Future Upgrades


Asset Management Planning

An Asset Management Plan (AMP) is complete and being updated annually. The Asset Management Plan identifies required asset replacements over a 25 year and 100 year period and identifies annual contributions to water system reserves required to fund the replacements.

The content on this page was last updated May 4 2023 at 7:42 AM