Water system switched back to Chemainus River wells

Water system switched back to Chemainus River wells

North Cowichan has filed an application to make the source permanent

The Chemainus water system switchover went into effect Sunday.

The Chemainus River wells are the source of the water supply from Oct. 15 through June 15. The region is serviced by the Banon Creek surface water supply the rest of the year from June 15 to Oct. 15.

The Municipality of North Cowichan expected it would be a few days since the switchover for the high quality well water to reach Chemainus water system users so all should be flowing well by now.

The Municipality hopes to operate the Chemainus River wells water supply year-round and has submitted an application to amend the B.C. Environmental Assessment Certificate after monitoring summer Chemainus River flows and ground water levels since 2005.

Last summer, North Cowichan conducted additional testing that supports the amendment application. A review by the B.C. Environmental Office is now underway.

Comments are invited from the public about the application to operate the Chemainus River wells year-round. Comments can be directed by email to info@northcowichan.ca.