2.650 Water - Port Renfrew - JDF
The Port Renfrew Water System provides drinking water to approximately 128 lots in the area known as Beach Camp and Snuggery Cove. The system obtains its drinking water from a well. Water from the well is pumped to an aeration tower for hydrogen sulphide removal. Following disinfection with free chlorine, the water is pumped to a 454 cubic metre storage reservoir above Beach Camp. The distribution system consists of a network of 150 mm and 100 mm water mains.
In the early 1920s, the logging company provided sewer and water systems in the community. By the 1980s, the logging industry was changing and the company wished to turn the utilities over to the community. In 1989, the CRD Board was requested, by petition from the property owners, to establish a water supply system covering the area of the private waterworks utility owned by the lumber company. The CRD Board adopted Bylaw No 1747 which established a service to operate the supply, treatment, conveyance, storage and distribution of water, called the Port Renfrew Water Supply Local Service. In 1990, the Water Utility Assets were transferred to the CRD and the Board commenced operation. The Service continues to be authorized and administered under CRD Bylaw No 1747.
A Committee, made up of local residents and property owners, and the JDF 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.