2.620 Water - Highland - SSI
The Highland Water System provided drinking water to a local water service area on Salt Spring Island consisting of approximately 254 lots. In 2011, a new water treatment plant was constructed to combine the Highland-Fernwood water treatment systems to better address the conditions experienced in St. Mary Lake including frequent algal blooms.
This service has merged with the Highland Water Service to form the Highland-Fernwood Water Service.
In 1981, the CRD Board was requested by the local community to hold a referendum to establish a water supply system covering an existing Waterworks District area (Highland Estates and Maliview Estates) of Salt Spring Island. The referendum passed and the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No 847 which established a service to acquire and improve, operate and maintain a water supply and distribution system, called the Salt Spring Island Highland Water System. The CRD assumed the assets and liabilities of the Waterworks District and started operating the service. Bylaw No 847 was subsequently replaced with CRD Bylaw 1937.
The Fernwood and Highland water systems are now being operated and administered jointly. CRD Bylaw No 3753 Highland and Fernwood Water Service Establishment, adopted by the CRD Board in 2011 authorizes the operation and administration of the "combined" Highland-Fernwood Water Service.
The residual annual costs under CRD Bylaw No 1937 are to cover debt servicing payments for capital works previously undertaken for the sole benefit of the Highland Water Supply Service. These payments will end when the debt is paid off.
This service will be closed when the debt servicing costs for the old Highland Water Service are paid . All current business is done through the combined Highland-Fernwood Water Service.
The budget for this service is annual debt servicing. It is paid for by an annual parcel tax levied in the service area and will end when debt is paid off.