This series of questions and answers provides background information about the proposed San Pareil System Improvements. If you wish to discuss this information or have additional questions please call the RDN's Regional and Community Utilities Department at 250-390-6560 (Nanaimo area) or 1-877-607-4111 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Pareil water system is reaching the end of their serviceable life. All components of the system need to be replaced or upgraded.Will there be grants to assist with the costs to complete the system upgrades?
The immediate need is to upgrade the system to provide water quantity and pressure required for fire fighting. To do this the piping network and pump station would have to be upgraded and the reservoir would have to be twinned.
Grant funding would be applied for but is not guaranteed.Can we secure grant funding first and then, if successful, proceed with the petition process for the improvements?
Grant funding programs are fully subscribed at this time. Grant funds would be pursued should they become available however the Ministry of Community Development advises that projects that demonstrate public support (i.e. a successful petition) are more likely to be successful in their application for grant funding.What does it take for a petition to pass?
The petition must be signed by the owners of at least 50% of the parcels liable to be charged for the proposed service, andI live in the area not currently serviced by the San Pareil water system, will these proposed improvements supply water to my home?
The persons signing must be the owners of parcels that in total represent 50% of the net taxable value of all land and improvements within the proposed service area.
The proposed improvements are for the existing system only. The RDN does not plan to proceed with including additional properties into the water system until it has been brought up to standard. Once the existing system is up to standard then consideration will be given to the inclusion of additional properties that are currently outside of the service area.