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COURTENAY, BC, PUNTLEDGE TOWNSITE COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM: PERMANENT BWA 23 YEARS AND COUNTING
A briefing letter addressed to the Chair and Directors of the Puntledge Townsite Electoral Area Services Committee April 13, 2016, summarizes the case of the Puntledge water supply, then twenty years under a boil water order. According to Director Ed Grieve, the small lot, rural development in the unincorporated district received funding to assess options to bring the water supply into compliance with BC safe water regulations.
Eleven private dwellings are connected to a single source, non-chlorinated water system drawn from a spring source, according to the briefing document from Comox Valley Regional Authority. When E.coli and total coliform tested positive in routine water samples in 1996, the boil water advisory was issued.
As Puntledge Township Water Users Community (PTWUC) lacked resources for planning and upgrading the water system, public funds were provided through the Comox Valley Regional District for a feasibility study. Wedler Engineering laid out the history and status of Puntledge system, detailing the applicable statutes and governance framework bearing on the case, outlining alternative upgrade options to bring the system into compliance. The engineers recommended a point of entry (POE) treatment system in each home, at the homeowners’ expense, however this option required unanimous consent to move ahead.
From the briefing document prepared by Chief Administrative Officer Deb Oakman, “…as a water users' community the PTWUC is responsible for the entire system and all associated finances, including any upgrades required to the system to become compliant with Island Health.” The option to
dissolve the water users community was presented.
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