A new water storage reservoir is to be constructed in Crofton. (File photo)

New water storage reservoir to be built in Crofton

Project will see an increase in the area’s water security

Plans for a new water storage reservoir for the Crofton area were given a green light by North Cowichan’s council on Dec. 4.

Council decided to earmark $700,000 from the $1.3-million in grant money the municipality received this year as a one-time top up to its Federal Gas Tax Funds toward the approximately $1-million reservoir.

The new reservoir is intended to better service the upper levels of Crofton and the recently approved development project known as “The Commons at Osborne Bay”.

The development project, that could see up to 230 new housing units built, was approved by council last year, even though studies showed that the existing water system for the area that utilizes a reservoir at the east end of Chilco Road could not provide enough water for fire protection to meet current standards if the project proceeded.

RELATED STORY: 230-UNIT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOR CROFTON GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM COUNCIL

Regardless, the project, which was proposed by developer Ron King, was approved with two conditions relevant to water supply.

The first was that the developer provide North Cowichan with a $300,000 cash bond for a potential funding application in the future for a new reservoir.

The second condition was that the developer restrict building to 45 homes to begin with, and only if those homes were constructed with residential sprinkler systems.

The developer complied with both requirements, but has not yet proceeded with the project.

A staff report from David Conway, North Cowichan’s director of engineering, said that the municipality and the developer have not found a suitable grant to help cover the costs of a new reservoir, estimated to cost $2.2 million.

RELATED STORY: CROFTON ALTERNATE WATER SUPPLY PROJECT ELIMINATES BOIL WATER ADVISORIES

“But the developer has been working on conceptual designs in order to refine the construction costs of the reservoir,” Conway said.

“The developer’s recent estimate for the…reservoir in bolted steel is about $1 million.”

Conway said staff suggested to the developer that there was staff support to fund $500,000 towards a new reservoir on the provision that the developer provide a turn-key project to North Cowichan.

That amount was raised to $700,000 in order to add a fixed generator that was not included in the original design.

Council also included a termination clause in its agreement for the reservoir that states the agreement will be terminated immediately, with terms null and void, if construction has not substantially started within 24 months.

Conway said the developer has indicated that he has a prominent Vancouver Island-based company ready to take on the project and build the reservoir if North Cowichan provides its share of the funding.

Conway’s report states that building the reservoir will have a number of advantages.

They include an increase in water security for Crofton and the South End utilities, upgraded fire protection, the ability to leverage the developer’s contribution to the project, the encouragement of development in Crofton by removing fire-flow issues and the preservation of the funding available for other water utility capital projects in Crofton.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lexi Bainas column: Singers, actors needed for thre exciting upcoming productions

‘The Winter’s Tale’, ‘Little Women’, and Mass for St. Cecilia are all calling: are you up for them?

Robert Barron column: Winter can be hard, but it brings back good memories

I would carefully poke the handle of the shovel through the snow until it bumped into a solid object

Andrea Rondeau column: What are your time capsule must-haves?

It would also be fun to include some pop culture mementos that represent our time.

Climbers compete for Choc and Chalk

Annual competition attracts more than 100

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Most Read