Campbell River Drinking Water Source Protection Plan
Client City of Campbell River
Location Campbell River | British Columbia | Canada
The City of Campbell River commissioned O2 to prepare a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan for the city’s municipal water supplies. This report provides:
- a vision, goals, and objectives for managing
the drinking water source area
- a comprehensive description of the source watershed
- an updated inventory of activities occurring in the watershed and an associated risk assessment
- a series of recommendations for management and monitoring of the source watershed
A safe drinking water supply is critical to the well-being of the community. Protecting source waters represents the first barrier in maintaining water quality to protect public health. Currently, the City of Campbell River uses UV disinfection and chlorination to treat water supplies, and filtration has been unnecessary due to very high source water quality. Maintaining this status over the long term is a strategic goal of the city to minimize costs while providing safe, reliable, and secure water supplies. Provincial guidelines were applied to inventory and assess risks to source water. For each risk, the likelihood of occurrence and consequences to public health were scored to develop a set of priorities. Risk susceptibility of areas was also modelled in a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using 9 spatial criteria: subwatershed average residence time, distance to the intake, adjacency to water, slope, flow accumulation, rain-on-snow elevation bands, soil texture, land cover, and forested buffers between roads and streams.
A set of comprehensive recommendations to address water quality risks has been specified. Roles and responsibilities of different agencies and stakeholders in the implementation process have also been outlined, along with governance aspects.