About the System

The Lyall Harbour-Boot Cove Water System is located on the west side of Saturna Island in the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area and provides drinking water to approximately 153 service connections. CRD Integrated Water Services is responsible for the overall operation of the water system with day-to-day operation and maintenance, design and construction of water system facilities provided by the CRD Infrastructure Engineering and Operations Divisions. The quality of drinking water provided to customers in the Lyall Harbour-Boot Cove 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 Level of Conservation: Stage 2

Water conservation bylaws are in effect from May 1 to September 30. 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 May 1-September 30

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 Lyall Harbour-Boot Cove Water System obtains its drinking water from Money Lake, a small, impounded, surface water body that lies within a 94 hectare (230 acre), uncontrolled watershed on Saturna Island.

Water Treatment Process

The Lyall Harbour-Boot Cove water system was upgraded in 2012 to include water source improvements, ozonation, two stages of filtration, ultraviolet light and chlorine (liquid sodium hypochlorite) disinfection, and a new 30,000 imperial gallon storage tank. In addition, a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system was installed that records and advises the operators of the water system’s performance including the storage tank level and the amount of water being produced by the treatment plant.

Distribution System

Disinfected water is pumped to a 30,000 imperial gallon storage tank and then is distributed to customers through a 7,100-metre network of mostly 100 mm (4”) PVC 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.

Membership Opportunity

The Capital Regional District is seeking volunteer members to serve on the Lyall Harbour-Boot Cove Water Local Services Committee. Nominations must be received by Monday, October 2, 2023. To apply, review details below.

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. This is a 24-hour line. Read more >>

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.