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 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 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.

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

Water Conservation: 

Water conservation questions or concerns, email us at waterplanning@crd.bc.ca

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.