The Beddis Water System provides drinking water to a Water Service Area on Salt Spring Island. CRD Integrated Water Services is responsible for the overall operation of the water system. The design and construction of water system facilities are overseen by the CRD Infrastructure Engineering and Operations Division. The day-to-day operations and maintenance are conducted by a contractor. The quality of drinking water provided to customers in the Beddis Water System is overseen by the CRD Water Quality Division.
The Beddis Water System obtains its drinking water from Cusheon Lake, a small surface water impoundment (storage dam) that lies within an uncontrolled watershed. While Cusheon Lake is used for recreational purposes, only electric boat motors are allowed. The lake shore has been partially developed with residences, none of which are serviced by the Beddis Water System. Cusheon Lake is subject to seasonal water quality changes and is affected by periodic algae blooms.
Water Treatment Process
Water from Cusheon Lake enters the Beddis Water Treatment Plant which is located on the lake foreshore off Cusheon Lake Road.
The Beddis water system was upgraded in 2005 to include one centralized treatment plant consisting of dissolved air flotation, filtration, disinfection with ultra violet light and chlorine disinfection, and a new 20,000 imperial gallon storage tank (Sky Valley).
Disinfected water is pumped to a 20,000 imperial gallon storage tank and then is distributed to customers through a 7,000 metre network of mostly 100mm (4”) AC water mains. Service connections are provided to the property line with curb stops and individual household meters. Service from the property line to the dwelling is the homeowners’ responsibility. The distribution system also contains standpipes and hydrants.