WaterSmart Communities

WaterSmart Communities

Nanoose Bay Peninsula

The Nanoose Bay Peninsula Water Service Area was established in 2005 by amalgamating the water service areas locally known as Madrona, Wall Beach, Driftwood, Nanoose (Beachcomber), Fairwinds, Arbutus Park, and West Bay. The water supply comes from a series of groundwater wells located in the Nanoose Bay Peninsula, and is supplemented seasonally (as required) with water from the Englishman River.

Decourcey

The Decourcey Water Service Area was established in 1998 in a rural area south of Nanaimo, and comprises two properties on Bissel Road and three on Pylades Drive. The water source for the Decourcey Water Service Area comes from one groundwater well located nearby. The water source is chlorinated and stored in one reservoir.

Englishman River

The Englishman River Community Water Service Area was established in 2003 and comprises an area near the southern boundary of the City of Parksville between the Island Highway and the Englishman River. The water source for the Englishman River Community Water Service Area comes from a series of groundwater wells located nearby. The water source is chlorinated and stored in one reservoir.

San Pareil

The San Pareil Water Service Area was established in 1999 when the RDN acquired the existing Bubbling Springs Water Utility. This system is located northeast of the bridge just prior to entering the City of Parksville. The water source for the San Pareil Water Service Area comes from a series of groundwater wells located nearby. The water source is chlorinated, disinfected with UV, and stored in two reservoirs.

Surfside

The Surfside Water Service Area was established in 1986 and comprises an area north of Qualicum Beach on Surfside Drive and part of McFeely Drive. The water source for the Surfside Water Service Area comes from two groundwater wells located nearby. The water source is chlorinated and pumped into the system on demand.

French Creek

The French Creek Water Service Area was established in 1980 and comprises an area west of Drew Road to Yambury Road and south of the Island Highway between the City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach. The water source for the French Creek Water Service Area comes from a series of groundwater wells located nearby. The water source is chlorinated and stored in one reservoir.

Melrose Terrace

The Melrose Terrace Water Service Area was established in April 2005 when the RDN acquired the existing Melrose Terrace Strata Plan VIS3747 water system. The water service area is located near the Alberni Highway South West of Coombs. The water source for the Melrose Terrace Water Service Area comes from one groundwater well located nearby. The water supply is chlorinated and stored in a single reservoir.

Whiskey Creek

The Whiskey Creek Water Service Area was established in 2011 when the RDN acquired the existing Whiskey Creek Water District. The water service area supplies water to the Westerlea Estates subdivision located eight kilometres southwest of Qualicum Beach on the south side of Highway 4. The water source for the Whiskey Creek Water Service Area comes from nearby Crocker Creek. The water supply is filtered and then chlorinated, and stored in one concrete reservoir.

Westurne Heights

The Westurne Heights Water Service Area was established in 2016 when the RDN acquired the existing Westurne Heights Water Utility. Water is supplied to properties along Westurne Heights Road, located 2.2 kilometers south of the intersection of Highway 4 and Chatsworth Road in Whiskey Creek. The water source for the Westurne Heights Water Service Area comes from one groundwater well located nearby. The water supply is chlorinated and stored in two underground reservoirs.

Descanso Bay Regional Park

The Regional District of Nanaimo acquired the Descanso Bay Regional Park property in 2002 from the Coastal Community Credit Union. The park is accessed from Taylor Bay Road and comprises an area of 16 hectares (40 acres) on the west side of Gabriola Island. There are 5 standpipes (taps) for drinking water supply at the campground, including one at the Park Office. The water source comes from one groundwater well located within the park. The water is filtered, disinfected with ultraviolet radiation, and stored in a pressure tank on site.

Rollo McClay Community Park

The Rollo McClay Community Park was created in 1990 as part of a residential subdivision. The park was operated and maintained by Gabriola Island residents until the Regional District acquired the park in the 1990’s. The park comprises an area of 7.8 hectares (19 acres) on the north side of Gabriola Island, and is accessed from McClay Way. Drinking water is trucked-in from potable water suppliers. The water is stored in one cistern on site and used for the sinks and washrooms in the concession building.

Horne Lake Regional Park

The Horne Lake Regional Park and campground was acquired by the RDN in 2002, and comprises an area of 109 hectares (269 acres) on the west side of Horne Lake, near Central Vancouver Island. The park is located at 3890 Horne Lake Caves Road. The water source come from shallow wells located within the park. The water supply to the staff residence and yard hydrant is filtered, chlorinated and distributed via a small pressure tank.