On June 17, 2013 Nanaimo Council voted 5-3 to supply of water to Lantzville. Three opposed were Bestwick, McKay and Kipp. The following Nanaimo water worries were raised by delegates at the council meeting:
- How many times is Jump Lake Water Reserve empty?
- Where is the next dam planned and how much will it cost?
- Nanaimo doesn’t own its watershed and with FIPA, (Foreign Investment and Protection Act) foreign ownership is possible, so who will ultimately own our watershed?
- Is this the initial move to bring Lantzville into amalgamation with Nanaimo?
- No prior public consultation on water sharing
- Original developer for Upper Lantzville went bankrupt because of water issues
- Currently there is a court case pending between two developers who have land interests in Upper Lantzville, why help satisfy something that is before the court?
Nanaimo taxpayers are seeing their water rates increase over the cost of living. An $85 million dollar water treatment plant is currently under construction at South Forks and a new dam is being considered. Presently, there is no water strategy in place in the Nanaimo Regional District to deal with water sharing between communities.
Where does Nanaimo’s water come from?
Below outlined in yellow is the Nanaimo Watershed, where Jump Creek Dam and South Fork Dam are located. Outlined in black is Nanaimo city limits.
Need for purple pipes
California is a leader in using purple pipes and Vancouver Island should take note. Purple pipes take grey water and allow it be used for other non drinking uses such as outdoor watering and cleaning. Originally by 2010 it was mandated in BC that purple pipes be included in all new construction, for water collection and reuse. But this was turned down by developers and politicos.