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  • Taste and Odour in Greater Victoria's Drinking Water - Water Remains Safe to Drink
    Capital Regional District (CRD) Integrated Water Services advises residents of Greater Victoria that an increased level of algae activity in the Sooke Lake Reservoir is causing potential taste and odour in the drinking water. In the last few days, higher numbers of a golden-brown algae called Uroglena have been observed in the Sooke Lake Reservoir and are now entering the water system. This particular algae species that naturally occurs in our lakes can produce a fishy or metallic taste and odour, however, the Island Health Authority confirms taste and odour are aesthetic parameters only - the water remains safe to drink and the aesthetic taste and odour parameters are not a health concern.  

    Algae concentrations and locations in Sooke Lake Reservoir change with time but the duration of this current event is predicted to be a few days. CRD staff are monitoring the quality and safety of the water closely and will keep the public informed of any potential health concerns or changes in water quality.

    For updates, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/alerts and follow us on Twitter @crd_bc

    The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.

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    For media inquiries, please contact:
    Ted Robbins, General Manager
    CRD Integrated Water Services
    Office: 250.360.3061     
    Cell: 250.217.9084


  • A section of the trail between Hanover Place and Sayward Hill Crescent will be closed from June 3-5.
    Crews and equipment will be repairing in the trail. This portion of the trail will be closed for the duration of repairs. Trail users are asked to avoid the area during construction. See map >>

  • Construction at the Clover Point Pump Station resulted in an unplanned wastewater discharge out the short outfall the night of May 29, 2020.

    The areas affected are in the vicinity of Clover Point Park, between Cook Street and Hollywood Place. This pump station is currently undergoing upgrades related to the Wastewater Treatment Project.

    As a result of this discharge, residents are advised to avoid entering the waters along the affected shorelines, as the wastewater may pose a health risk.

    As a precaution and in consultation with Island Health and the local municipalities, beaches within the affected areas will be posted with public health advisory signs until sample results indicate enterococci levels are below the 70CFU/100mL recreational limit.


  • Taste and Odour in Magic Lake Estates Drinking Water System (North Pender Island) – Water Remains Safe to Drink

    CRD Integrated Water Services advises customers of the Magic Lake Estates Water System, located on the south shore of North Pender Island, that a combination of increasing concentrations of a golden-brown algae called Uroglena and the diminishing bloom of a cyanobacteria called Dolichospermum in Buck Lake is causing potential taste and odour in the drinking water. These particular algae species that naturally occur in our lakes, can produce a fishy or metallic taste and odour, however, the Island Health Authority confirms taste and odour are aesthetic parameters only - the water remains safe to drink and the aesthetic taste and odour parameters are not a health concern.  

    Algae concentrations and locations in Buck Lake change with time but this current event is predicted to last a few days. In an attempt to mitigate this situation, CRD Integrated Water Services Operations staff will be changing the Buck Lake – Magic Lake raw water blending rate as well as making adjustments to the chlorine dosage at the water treatment plant. CRD staff are monitoring the quality and safety of the water closely and will keep the public informed of any potential health concerns or changes in water quality.

    For updates, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/alerts and follow us on Twitter @crd_bc


  • Area in Southern section of Sooke Hills Wilderness Closed

    May 27, 2020 (updated May 28, 2020, 9:38am)

    Area closed June 8 – July 6, 2020 due to trail construction and development of a southern access to Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park.

    The northern section of Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park and its facilities will remain open.

    This activity is part of the opening of the southern section of Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park. For more information on the park opening and to receive updates on related activities, visit the capital project page.

  • All trails remain open. Visitors may see crews in the area installing fencing. Installation will take place May through July.
    Fencing is being installed in Mount Work Regional Park due to future work at Hartland Landfill. All trails remain open. Visitors may see crews installing fencing and are asked to use caution around equipment and crews. See map >>

  • SEAPARC Facility Closures

    Mar 30, 2020 (updated May 14, 2020, 10:49am)

    SEAPARC and Stan Jones Ball Field Closed Until Further Notice
    To support community health and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the SEAPARC Commission directed staff to close recreation facilities at 5pm on March 17th. 

    All SEAPARC programs and services will cease until further notice. 

    For more information about the CRD's response to COVID-19, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/covid


  • Water Guidelines for Safely Re-opening Buildings

    May 06, 2020 (updated May 11, 2020, 10:19am)

    Prior to re-opening a building, steps must be taken to ensure the water in the building is safe to consume.

    Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the prolonged closure or reduced occupancy of many buildings. When buildings are closed or on low occupancy for any prolonged period, water in the building becomes stagnant and can pose a number of potential health risks to consumers.

    It is the responsibility of each property owner to ensure it maintains the safety of the water within their building. Prior to re-opening or fully re-occupying a building, building managers need to take steps including flushing stagnant water, and disinfecting taps and plumbing fixtures.

    Depending on the size of the plumbing system, this procedure may take several minutes and up to several hours. Run the water until the water maintains a constant cold temperature and any discolouration has been flushed clear. Cooler and stabilized water temperature indicates fresh water entering the building from the water main.

    For more information, visit https://cwwa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Re-Opening-Buildings-FACT-SHEET_FINAL-amend1.pdf

  • Facility Closures

    Mar 18, 2020 (updated Mar 27, 2020, 3:54pm)

    Panorama Recreation Centre and Greenglade Community Centre Closed until further notice

    To support community health and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Peninsula Recreation Commission directed staff to close recreation facilities at 5pm on March 17th

    All Panorama Recreation programs and services will cease until further notice.

    For more information about the CRD’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/covid


  • On Thurs, March 19, between 8am and 4pm, the CRD will be carrying out annual maintenance and flushing of the water distribution system.
    During this maintenance, you may experience low water pressure and/or
    periods of discoloured water at your tap. Please refer to the Water Interruption
    Influenced Area Map attached. Read more >>

  • Todd Creek Trestle and Bypass Trail Closed

    Sep 05, 2019 (updated Mar 05, 2020, 3:39pm)

    Closed for trestle repairs until late May 2020. Due to inclement weather, the estimated end date has been updated.

    The CRD is undertaking a comprehensive restoration of the Todd Creek Trestle along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. The trestle and the Bypass Trail are closed while construction activities are underway. The trestle is anticipated to reopen in late May 2020.

    • Access the Galloping Goose north of the trestle via Sooke Potholes Regional Park parking lot 2.
    • Access the Galloping Goose south of the trestle via Sooke River Road parking lot.

    There will be increased activity and active construction at the trestle during this time. We ask the public to not enter the area until the trestle is officially reopened, once construction and safety assessments are completed.

    For more details and to receive updates on this capital project, click here


  • The area is closed March 2-6 & is located adjacent to the Sooke Highway around the 3700 block at the end of the four lane section

    This area is temporarily closed for tree removal and construction of a parking lot. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail and its facilities will remain open.

    This activity is part of the opening of the southern section of Sooke Hills Wildnerness Regional Park. For more information on the park opening and to receive updates on related activities, visit the capital project page.

  • The trail is closed between Waugh Creek Viewpoint and Suspension Bridge
    Temporary trail closure due to landslide near the Waugh Creek viewing platform. For details download the park map here.

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