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24th November 2015
Parksville Residents Approve Borrowing Over $5 Million for Water Supply

Parksville residents have voted overwhelmingly in favour of borrowing up to $5.6 million toward a new water treatment plant for the Englishman River Water Service.

Residents voted 80% in favour, with 1,437 votes on the referendum on Nov. 21 with 357 opposed. The borrowing also includes a new water intake and transmission lines along with the treatment facility to be built according to Island Health requirements.

The Englishman River Water Service, ERWS, started with the Arrowsmith Dam built in 1999 and the next phase includes a new river water supply intake, treatment plant and distribution system.
These upgrades will ensure a safe, secure drinking water source for the future, reduce current risks and sustain a healthy river system.

The ERWS is a joint venture between the City of Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo, RDN, formed to secure a bulk water supply from the Englishman River. This regional partnership supplements existing well supply sources owned and operated by the City of Parksville and Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area.

The projects includes;

~In-river water supply intake designed/located to consider the needs of river users and to protect aquatic habitat.

~Water treatment plant with a minimum of 16 million litres per day of membrane filtration capacity to comply with new water regulatory treatment standards.

~Transmission supply mains to homes and businesses.

Island Health has mandated improving water quality standards for surface water (river water) with a deadline for compliance of December 31, 2016.

Construction of the river intake is the next phase of improvement for the community’s water supply.. Design of the intake is underway with construction scheduled for June 2016 followed by design and installation of the water treatment facility, scheduled for operation in summer 2018.