The distribution system is gravity fed from the reservoir. As a result, in the summer watering season, portions of the network at higher elevation are prone to low pressure problems. Reports suggest that the distribution infrastructure is in good shape but at half its expected lifespan.
The system does not meet standardized requirements for fire protection.
A significant proportion of water system infrastructure is situated on privately-owned land in Duhamel. The RDCK is working to establish Right-of-Way agreements with property owners to ensure that utilities staff are able to legally access all aspects of the system in order to perform maintenance, upgrades, or emergency works.
No upgrades are planned for the near future.
This system is currently owned and operated by the RDCK. The RDCK receives community-specific advice and policy guidance from the Duhamel Water Commission. A network of volunteers operates and maintains the system.