The Balfour water system derives source water from
The system was constructed in 1947 under the ownership of the Balfour Irrigation District
As a condition of the Balfour system becoming a RDCK service, a water treatment plant was installed in January, 2011. The new plant allows for a multi-barrier approach to treatment through a combination of filtration, UV disinfection, and chlorine residual disinfection. The upgrade also included the installation of a SCADA system, which allows for remote system monitoring.
The system includes a 450,000 litre reservoir. Installation of a second reservoir, located above the portion of the community at higher elevation, is planned for the future.
The distribution system is comprised of PVC, galvanized steel, and asbestos-concrete pipe. Past assessments indicate that some of this piping is over 60 years old, but still in good condition.
This system does not support fire-fighting. At present, the reservoir capacity is insufficient to meet the increased water demands that would be associated with fire suppression.
The Balfour population is expected to grow in future years. Historic reports estimated that there will be demand for 200 new connections within 20 years. A 2009 assessment of the system indicated that the current distribution network could be inadequate to serve the water demands of these additional connections. This finding, in addition to the challenges posed by aging system infrastructure, will require full replacement of the distribution system within several decades.
No upgrades are planned for the immediate future.
This system was converted to a RDCK service in January, 2011. It was historically owned and operated by the Balfour Improvement District.
Surveys were mailed to all property owners in February 2012. Balfour residents were asked to provide feedback regarding any water quality concerns they have about their water service. This information will be utilized by the Utilities Department to plan Operations & Maintenance activities and address shortcomings in the water system. The survey results have been mapped and can be viewed in the Balfour Water Quality Concerns map below.