Drinking Water Protection Bylaw

As directed by the Drinking Water Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, SSID engaged a hydrogeologist in July 2017 to determine the shape and size of a Wellhead Protection Area in Savary Shores. The resulting Well Protection Plan is now complete.
SSID has also been directed by the DWO to write a Bylaw to protect the drinking water. A draft of the Drinking Water Protection Bylaw no. 123 draft-7 was discussed at the Annual General Meeting on April 14, 2018. Suggestions from the DWO were considered and incorporated into draft-8. We are now (June) on draft-10, which is being reviewed by a lawyer. The bylaw will have its first and second readings in July, and its third reading at the Summer General Meeting on August 5 2018.

The Well Protection Map PDF s
hows the 2 outlined areas that will be affected by SSID Bylaw No. 123, currently in draft stage. The Setback Area includes properties within 60 metres of the two community wells, and the larger Well Capture Zone is the area that drains toward the wells.


First, it should be said that both the hydrogeologist and the Drinking Water Officer have commended SSID on a well-run system. SSID’s operations have ensured that the community’s drinking water is well within the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines for purity. The Wellhead Protection Plan states that, “There has been a good monitoring record of physical and chemical water quality dating back to 1989.”

There is concern however, that if the current sewerage use in the Well Capture Zone were to increase, which is probable due to population increase, the drinking water for all 216 properties of SSID could be affected by increased levels of contaminants.

SSID Bylaw No.123 will include moderate restrictions on land use of all properties within the Well Capture Zone. The Capture Zone lots include 15-19,  30-36, 41-57, 123-128, and portions of lots 7-9, 14, 40, 58, and 118-120.

More stringent restrictions will be applicable to land use within the Setback Area. Properties within the Setback Area include lots 126-127, and portions of 118, 125, and 128. Septic systems already in these lots, and those still to be developed, present a risk to the safety of the community’s drinking water.


Effective immediately:
• No septic system or holding tank may be installed or altered within the Setback Area.
• No septic system or holding tank may be installed or altered within the Well Capture Zone without prior approval from the Drinking Water Officer.


Download the full Well Protection Plan PDF here.
If you have any concerns or questions, please submit them in writing to the Trustees of the Improvement District, by contacting the Administrator by email at administrator@savaryshoreswater.ca or by mail to 2785 Vancouver Blvd, Savary Island, BC V0N 2G0.
Michael Nguyen is the Drinking Water Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health. He may be contacted at 604-485-3324, michael.nguyen@vch.ca

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