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8th June 2016
by Nicholas Pescod - Nanaimo News Bulletin
posted Jun 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM

WATER and the cost of obtaining potable water was the focus of a town hall meeting last week hosted by the District of Lantzville on Thursday.

The meeting at Costin Hall provided residents with the history of the district’s water system, as well as information about the well rehabilitation in the Lantzville-Nanaimo water agreement.

At the moment, a number of residents remain on a well water system and do not have potable water. According to the district, more than 200 properties are not connected to a municipal source of water.

During the meeting, Lantzville district staff presented a scenario to residents based on no development and no grants for the Winds neighbourhood. The scenario, based on a 2015 Koers Engineering report on water supply, showed that a municipal water connection would cost the district roughly $36,000 per resident.

As a result, the cost was a major talking point for a number of residents who expressed their concerns during the public participation portion of the town hall.

In order to bring costs down, the district has numerous options, which include turning to development and applying for provincial and federal grants.

In speaking to the News Bulletin afterwards, Mayor Colin Haime said he was pleased with how the town hall went, adding that residents seemed to express a strong desire for having water go to existing residents over new developments.

“Talking to the residents one-on-one they would certainly like the City [of Nanaimo] to co-operate with regards to the tweaking of that agreement so that it can go to existing residents,” he said.

The district plans to use the information to develop its water master plan.


1. 14.There are two large proposed developments in the DoL: the 23 ha Village (Ware Rd) development and the 730 ha Foothills development. Combined they could accommodate almost all of the projected dwelling units to be constructed over the next 50 years under the moderate growth scenario (960 units vs 1,025 units).

This is what is facing Deep Bay. Todays big proposal = projected needs for the next 50 years!

2. Seeing the agreement between Nanaimo and Lantzville (p. 87/187) causes me to shudder when Nanaimo may be subject to shortages itself. The hefty price tag for this 20 year contract between the two is also something that people need to consider. But more importantly, what happens 20 years from now in a warming climate. Lantzville’s water situation should provide concerns for anyone purchasing there.

3. Connection fees are listed on p. 101/187 . Very high compared to here.

4. p. 133/187 Nanaimo’s observation well indicates more decline in water levels than recovery. Very similar to what we have in Deep Bay. It appears Nanaimo pumping rates are exceeding recharge rates (precipitation) for the period of 2002-2008. Hence the slow recovery levels even with increased precipitation.

As to the $36,000 price tag I didn’t find that number but it wouldn’t surprise me with what Nanaimo is charging Lantzville for their water for the next 20 years. What happens after that?

As will likely happen, water wars will become common place.