The Sanca water system derives source water from Sanca Creek. As with all surface sources, Sanca Creek is susceptible to contamination by environmental influences. The watershed is also known to have persistent slope stability issues and seasonal fluctuations in turbidity. Logging continues to occur in the area, but the supply area is designated as a Community Watershed.
Insufficient information exists regarding when this system was first developed; however, a large portion of the distribution network was rebuilt in 1980. The system was converted to an RDCK service in 1979.
The system does not currently incorporate any form of treatment. Because of the occasional presence of waterborne pathogens in samples,
The system does not have any storage capacity.
The system includes 1.5 kilometres of piping, the majority of which is PVC. The rebuilt portion of the distribution system is nearing half its useful lifespan. The age and condition of the remaining portion of the pipe network is unknown.
The system includes five standpipes but does not satisfy established requirements for fire protection.
The intake for the system uses an infiltration gallery which provides some coarse filtration of the water; however, no fine filtration takes place in the
A significant proportion of water system infrastructure is situated on privately-owned land in Sanca. The RDCK is working to establish rights-of-way or easements 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.
The RDCK is currently evaluating the feasibility of various treatment options for the
In February 2012 the RDCK received an amendment to our operating permit that required us to identify a treatment option to move out of the "High Risk requiring Boil Water Notification" category for the Sanca Park Water Service by March 31, 2014 and to install treatment by March 31, 2015.
The RDCK commissioned Urban Systems Ltd. to conduct a high level assessment of potential options. The Sanca Park Water System Source Assessment report prepared by Urban Systems Ltd. can be found below.