2.630 Water - Magic Lake Estates - SGI (Pender)
The Magic Lake Estates Water System provides drinking water to 1,263 lots in a Water Service Area on North Pender Island. The system obtains drinking water from two surface water sources, Buck Lake and Magic Lake. The water treatment process used by the Buck Lake Water Treatment Plant (WTP) consists of primary disinfection with ozone, pressure sand filtration, post chlorination and ammoniation while the Magic Lake WTP consists of primary disinfection with ozone, pressure sand filtration and post chlorination.
In 1980, the CRD Board was requested by the local community to hold a referendum to take over the community water and sewer utilities that had been put in place by a developer. The referendum passed, and the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No 769 which established the Magic Lake Estates Water System. Utility assets and liabilities of Gulf Industries Ltd and the Magic Lake Property Owners' Society were then transferred to the CRD. Since 1991 the service has been authorized and administered under CRD Bylaw No 1874.
A Commission, made up of local residents and property owners, and the SGI Electoral Area Director, provides community input for the delivery of water service. This service is managed and operated by the CRD Integrated Water Services Department.
The budget for this service is established through an annual CRD Financial Planning process, and is funded by connection charges and then through annual parcel taxes and water user fees levied in the local service area.