About the System

The Beddis Water System is located on the east shore of Cusheon Lake on the central eastern shore of Salt Spring Island and provides drinking water to approximately 128 service connections. CRD Integrated Water Services is responsible for the overall operation of the water system. The design and construction of water system facilities are overseen by the CRD Infrastructure Engineering and Operations Division. The day-to-day operations and maintenance are conducted by a contractor. The quality of drinking water provided to customers in the Beddis Water System is overseen by the CRD Water Quality Division.

System Information

Water Conservation Bylaw 4492

Effective May 10, 2023 all electoral areas are required to comply with Bylaw 4492. Please read and familiarize yourself with the bylaw and ticketing information. For additional information, please refer to Bylaw 4492 frequently asked questions

Current Conservation Level: Stage 2

Water conservation bylaws are in effect from May 1 to September 30, unless otherwise authorized by the General Manger of Integrated Water Services. 

Due to continued drought conditions and low ground and surface water levels, the CRD has officially extended Bylaw 4492. The extension of the bylaw remains in effect until further notice.

By following these practices and using water wisely, you are helping protect your community from drought conditions. Every drop counts!  

Electoral Area Lawn Watering Schedule

In effect until further notice.

Stage 1 – Watering only permitted once per week between the hours of 4-10am or 7-10pm.

Stage 2 – Watering only permitted once every two weeks between the hours of 4-10am or 7-10pm.

Stage 3 – Watering not permitted.

Source Water

The Beddis Water System obtains its drinking water from Cusheon Lake, a small surface water impoundment (storage dam) that lies within an uncontrolled watershed. While Cusheon Lake is used for recreational purposes, only electric boat motors are allowed. The lake shore has been partially developed with residences, none of which are serviced by the Beddis Water System. Cusheon Lake is subject to seasonal water quality changes and is affected by periodic algae blooms.

Water Treatment Process

Water from Cusheon Lake enters the Beddis Water Treatment Plant which is located on the lake foreshore off Cusheon Lake Road.

The Beddis water system was upgraded in 2005 to include one centralized treatment plant consisting of dissolved air flotation, filtration, disinfection with ultra violet light and chlorine (liquid sodium hypochlorite) disinfection, and a new 20,000 imperial gallon storage tank (Sky Valley).

Distribution System

Disinfected water is pumped to a 20,000 imperial gallon storage tank and then is distributed to customers through a 7,000 metre network of mostly 100mm (4”) AC water mains. Service connections are provided to the property line with curb stops and individual household meters. Service from the property line to the dwelling is the homeowners’ responsibility. The distribution system also contains standpipes and hydrants.

Emergency Notifications

Register for the Emergency Notification System to receive drinking water related notifications such as boil water advisories. This system is also used to notify Electoral Area residents in the event of a disaster or emergency such as earthquakes, tsunami warnings, or hazardous spills.