About the System

The Fulford Water System is located on the north side of Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island and provides drinking water to approximately 95 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 Fulford Water System is overseen by the CRD Water Quality Division.

System Information

Water Restrictions

Current Conservation Stage: Stage 1

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Water Conservation Bylaw 4492

The Electoral Area Water Conservation Bylaw (4492) is in effect May 1 to September 30, unless otherwise authorized by the General Manager of Integrated Water Services. 

Lawn Watering Schedule:

  • 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 Fulford Water System obtains its drinking water from Lake Weston, a small lake that lies within an uncontrolled, multi-use watershed outside of and northeast of the service area.

The CRD holds two water licenses on Lake Weston. These licences allow up to 49,339 cubic metres of water storage in a surface water body estimated to have a total volume of 1,090,000 cubic metres and to divert up to 291.6 cubic metres per day into the Fulford Drinking Water System. Lake Weston is subject to seasonal water quality changes and is affected by periodic algae blooms.

Water Treatment Process

The water from Lake Weston flows by gravity through a 2,000 metre network of 100mm (4") AC water main to the Sunnyside Pump Station near Hilltop Road and is then pumped to the Fulford Water Treatment Plant located on South Ridge Drive. The water treatment process consists of dissolved air flotation, filtration, disinfection with ultraviolet light and disinfection with chlorine (liquid sodium hypochlorite).

Distribution System

Treated water is pumped from the plant to a 360 cubic metre steel storage reservoir located behind the Fulford School. Water then flows from the reservoir into the distribution system – a network consisting mainly 100-150mm (4-6") water mains, many of which are original to the system. The system operates on two pressure zones, regulated by the Sunnyside PRV. The commercial customers are metered. The distribution system also contains hydrants and standpipes.

Water and Sewer Emergencies: 1.855.822.4426

When phoning with respect to an emergency, please specify to the operator the service area in which the emergency has occurred.

General Inquiries: 1.800.663.4425

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.