On May 15th, we (Bluewater Park) were put under stage 4 water restriction effective immediately. We were told that “we are currently experiencing a reduction in capacity to the existing wells that support the Water System.”
On May 30th, the municipality added King Edward Bay to the stage 4 water restriction.
Since then, we have learned:
- The municipality has been aware that the Mutiny Lane well needed to be replaced since September 2018 (if not, earlier)
- King Edward Bay wrote a letter to the muni on June 3, 2019 stating their concerns with the current water restriction
- Our Public Works Manager, Bob Robinson, resigned in early June
- BIM has hired an outside consulting company (Urban Systems) to manage Bluewater & KEB’s water system for the interim
On June 10th, we (32 Bluewater residents) sent a letter to Mayor & Council expressing our concerns with the water restriction, well replacement and neighbourhood communications. That evening ~ 15 residents attended the Council meeting. An overview of the meeting can be found here.
As of July 26th, our water restriction has been lifted. Urban Systems found a watermain leak on Windjammer Road that was having a large impact on the system. It has been temporarily fixed and Urban Systems continues to monitor the resevoirs to ensure both BWP and KEB are adequately maintained.
There is still a long way to go until our water system is stable, and it is critical that every resident continue to … <add more>
In the meantime to stay in the loop:
- Subscribe to the Bluewater Park Water System and weekly BIM e-news email distribution lists: https://www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca/subscribe
This page will be updated as we learn more. Feel free to share or forward this page with our neighbours. Let’s fix our water!
How can you help?
Live by the Stage 4 water restrictions. We are currently not allowed to do any outdoor watering, including: lawns, flower gardens, shrubs, trees and vegetable gardens. We are also not allowed to wash cars or boats, or use a power washer.(As of July 26, 2019, our water restrictions have been lifted).
- Conserve water at your home. From reducing shower times to recycling unused water to letting our lawns go golden, there is LOTS we can do to conserve water: https://www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca/water-conservation
- Talk to your neighbours. Our current reality is that not everyone knows about our water restriction, nor understands how and why we got here. If you have a feeling that someone might not be in the loop, go knock on their door and/or forward this info.
- Keep sending your feedback and/or concerns to the municipality. We need to continue to work with the municipality to resolve this, and if we don’t feel like we’re getting what we need, then we need to speak up. Mayor Ander shared that Bluewater’s water crisis is unacceptable and needs to be the municipality’s biggest priority over the next few months. Feel free to continue to send feedback and/or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, and of course, you are always welcome to attend a council meeting.
- None scheduled
- October 2019 – Bluewater Park LAC Meeting
- August 22, 2019 – BWP Public Information Meeting (hosted by muni; 80+ residents in attendance)
- July 29, 2019 – BWP residents attended Council Meeting (50+ residents in attendance)
- June 26, 2019 – BWP Public Information Meeting at Muni Chambers (hosted by Bluewater Park LAC, muni not in attendance; 25+ residents in attendance)
- June 10, 2019 – BWP residents attended Council Meeting (15+ residents in attendance)
- July 29, 2019 – Update King Edward Bay and Bluewater Park water systems (incl. report from Kathy Lalonde, CAO and report from Glen Shkurhan, Interim Director of Engineering)
- July 26, 2019 – Stage 4 water restrictions lifted for Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay water systems
- July 24, 2019 – Bluewater Park water system re: significant watermain leak
- July 18, 2019 – Update on water restrictions in Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay
- July 9, 2019 – Full Stage 4 water restrictions reinstated for Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay water systems
- July 3, 2019 – Modified Stage 4 water restrictions for Bluewater Park and King Edward bay
- June 27, 2019 – Update on water restrictions in Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay
- June 26, 2019 – Update from last Monday’s Council meeting: Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay
- June 24, 2019 – Update on Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay water systems (incl. report from Kathy Lalonde, CAO)
- June 12, 2019 – Water restrictions to continue in Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay (incl. report from Bob Robinson, previous Head of Public Works)
- May 30, 2019 – Water restrictions in effect for Bluewater Park and King Edward Bay
- May 15, 2019 – Water Restrictions in Effect for Bluewater Park Water System
Letters to Muni from Residents
- July 27, 2019 – From Donald Heth: Bluewater Park & King Edward Bay report
- July 25, 2019 – From Sarah Graham: Bluewater water issues
- July 25, 2019 – From Louise Escallier and Buff Allen: Bluewater stage 4 water conditions
- July 23, 2019 – From Bluewater Park LAC: Questions from Bluewater Park Information Meeting
- July 16, 2019 – From Virginia Penny: Strategies for dealing with excessive water use
- July 15, 2019 – From Donna Anheliger: Bluewater Park water system
- July 8, 2019 – From Josh Mepham: Water crisis
- July 7, 2019 – From King Edward Bay LAC: Background KEB history for report
- July 3, 2019 – From Bluewater Park LAC: Bluewater Park memorandum
- June 24, 2019 – From Rob Dufty & Jillian Rushton: Re: Bluewater Park Water Restriction & Well Replacement
- June 12, 2019 – From Virginia Penny: Dealing with water availability over the summer in KEB and BWP
- June 11, 2019 – From Brian Thomas-Peter: BIM meeting 10th June
- June 10, 2019 – From 32 Bluewater residents: Bluewater Park Water Restriction & Well Replacement
- June 10, 2019 – From David Hill: Bluewater Park Water Issues
- June 6, 2019 – From Virginia Penny: Water issues in KEB/BW
- June 3, 2019 – From King Edward Bay LAC: Notification of water restrictions in Blue Water and King Edward Bay