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  • Friday, December 22 – 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Monday, December 25 – closed
  • Tuesday, December 26 – closed
  • Friday, December 29 – 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Monday, January 1 – closed

Happy Holidays!

District Receives Econics Report on District Finances

The District recently commissioned Econics to undertake an in-depth look at the District’s current and future financial picture including rates, cost of service and capital works.  The final report and recommendations are now available here.  Econics specialize in consulting on financial sustainability, demand management, social marketing, and project management services to water service providers.  Results of this study will be used to inform future decision making and to assist with the District’s upcoming discussion with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

No Service Interruptions at Present

There are no service interruptions at present.

No Restrictions

Level 1

Bylaw 274 – Water Conservation Level 1 – Every Other Day Watering – April, September, and October

Odd numbered civic addresses may water on odd numbered days and even numbered civic addresses may water on even numbered days during the hours allowed per Conservation Level.  For multi-unit stratas, watering may be applied based on “unit numbers” or “irrigation zones” to achieve the net same level of watering on permitted days.

Sprinkler Watering

Note: For Levels 1-3 “Sprinkler Watering” includes all overhead and spray-type systems and micro and drip irrigation type systems.

Watering times are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and for no more than three (3) hours in duration per period with a maximum of six (6) hours of total allocated watering per day. Vegetable gardens, shrubs, trees and flowers are restricted to a hand held container or a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle if watered outside of the times permitted for a maximum of 1 hour per watering day.

Vehicle and Boat Washing

Vehicles, RVs, and boats may be washed with water using a hand held container or hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle.

Driveways, Sidewalks, Parking Lots and Buildings

Persons may use District supplied potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways or parking lots and exterior building surfaces.

Wading Pools, Hot Tubs, Swimming Pools, Garden Ponds and Water Features

Wading pools and hot tubs may be filled with water.  Swimming pools, garden ponds and water features may be filled with water upon application for and receipt of a filling permit from the District. (Filling permits are $200.00 and valid for two weeks from date of issue.)

Public Parks, Open Space, and Sports Fields

Public parks, open space, and sports fields may be watered.

To view Bylaw 274 in full please click here.

Office Closed Monday, October 9th

The office is closed on Monday, October 9th for Thanksgiving.

NSSWD Receives Two Critical Reports by Dr. Maggie Squires, limnologist

The District is pleased to announce the completion of two critical reports by Dr. Maggie Squires, limnologist.

The first report, Internal Phosphorus Loading in Lakes: How It Works and Why Artificial Aeration Doesn’t Work, is a review of the literature on the subject of artificial aeration including advancements in understanding of the mechanisms of internal phosphorus loading and why aeration doesn’t work to decrease it. The report was commissioned by the District to assist with future decision-making by the Board of Trustees with respect to the aerators in St. Mary Lake.

The second report, Phosphorus Sources and Sinks at St. Mary Lake, Salt Spring Island, BC: Results of the 2014-15 Special Study and Analysis o f 40-Years of Water Quality Data, provides an overview of the limnology of St. Mary Lake, an up-to-date assessment of the relative importance of various phosphorus sources and sinks, and the impact of aeration on lake water phosphorus chemistry. This report also contains recommendations for the aerators and for further study of St. Mary Lake.

Staff have also written a Summary Report on the findings.

All documents are available for viewing or download in our Documents/Reports section.

Delia Crescent Sept 26th

Residents of Delia Crescent will experience a service interruption between 9:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26th will the crew undertake a valve replacement.  Should you experience discoloured water on resumption of service please run you COLD water for a few minutes to clear your line. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.

Office Closed Monday, Sept. 4th

The office will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labour Day.

Inspector of Municipalities Rules in Favour of NSSWD re Brinkworthy Appeal of Parcel Tax Classification

Inspector of Municipalities Rules in Favour of NSSWD re Brinkworthy Appeal of Parcel Tax Classification

The Inspector of Municipalities, Tara Faganello, has upheld the decision of the District’s Court of Revision and ratified the parcel tax classification assigned by the District to the property at 135 Brinkworthy Road as Commercial Residential 3 – Class Q – Modular Home Park with two or more units and/or common facility unit.  Brinkworthy challenged that the property should be classified under the category Residential 1–  Class D –  residential single family dwelling or farm over 10 acres of land.

Brinkworthy Properties Ltd. appealed the decision by the District’s Court of Revision on the following four points:

  1. Property “Use”
  2. “Manufactured” vs. “Modular Home Park”
  3. Commercial versus Residential Classification
  4. Water Consumption

The Inspector’s corresponding findings are as follows:

  1. “…I find that the statutory inclusion of “use” in the assessment bylaw was settled by the Supreme Court.”
  2. “…I find that you clearly operate a home park which leases, for profit, spaces for up to 137 homes. Thus, the classification by the improvement district is reasonable.”
  3. “…I find that the property may be considered “Commercial” as applied by the District and should be included in Group 4.”
  4. “…I find that the assessment bylaw uses a reasonable categorization by use of property to define groups and classes.”

To view the full decision, click here.