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Updated: 2018-09-22 12:02 PM
WATER ADVISORIES AND WATER OUTAGES
Please note: An advisory is not a boil water notice. We posted the advisory because a service line to someone's home was accidently broken by CORIX when the meter was installed. The actual risk of contamination to the main water is extremely low because the valves are shut off. In this case, we also flushed the main line as a precaution, but we posted the advisory because it’s required. We would simply post the advisory for the duration of the installs, but someone keeps showing their maturity level by damaging the signs.
During the meter installs, there will be water outages when a service valve has to be replaced. Most service valves so far have been fine, but there have been a few that were damaged or needing replacement. Water outages are short, but they should not be unexpected during the meter project. They are an unfortunate fact of life during this type of project.
The water meter project is behind schedule and has proven to be quite challenging. Most water hookups found so far are using non-compliant water lines ranging from ½ inch to 2 inch lines of low pressure "farmers" pipe meant for irrigation. Even finding the lines has been challenging as home owners have spliced into existing lines, used 90's off the service valves and a variety of other methods to hook up home services. CORIX digs several feet in front of service valves in an attempt not to destabilize the existing valve, often not finding the line attached to it. Bonnington Improvement District doesn’t control home owner installations, but the expectation is certified plumbers are to be used resulting in municipal 3/4 inch poly lines to homes. Unfortunately this has not been the case. As of September 16th roughly one third of the installs are completed.
BEACON DATA COLLECTION
Some users have recently been trying to make an issue out of the Beacon water system sending data to servers in the U.S. The Beacon system storing data in the U.S. is a non-issue. There is no conspiracy, no one is "monitoring" the data. The Beacon system of data collection is a U.S. system that stores water data on servers located in the U.S. Bonnington Improvement District is technically a level of government, so we do not send personal information to U.S. servers. The Beacon system receives trimmed data that consists of a water meters unique serial number and the water usage measured in cubic meters on a daily basis. Bonnington Improvement District does not use Beacon for billing software so your personal information is not collected. Contrary to what is being said, we have purchased our own billing software that resides in Canada and use the meters serial number as the identifier. There is nothing untoward happening here, it's simply a water meter.
BY-LAW No. 6, also known as the WATER DISTRIBUTION REGULATIONS BY-LAW, was passed on May 26, 1983.
CORRECTION - The NOTICE OF TOLL - 2017, first paragraph incorrectly states, "..(Bylaw 62) for the ensuing year (from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017)."
It should read, "..(Bylaw 62) for the ensuing year (from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018)"
BID apologizes for any confusion.
The Bonnington Improvement District (BID) is a local authority responsible for providing water and fire hydrants for the benefit of the residents of Bonnington, British Columbia. Improvement districts are brought into existence by the B.C. Government through Cabinet Orders which authorize the passage of a document known as a Letters Patent. The Letters Patent contain the name of the improvement district, its boundary and the services which it will provide to the residents within that boundary. For specific boundary information residents must consult the BID Letters Patent document which is available for viewing upon request.
Every improvement district is governed by a board of elected trustees (elected by area property owners). Bonnington currently has three trustees. The powers exercised by the trustees (to enact and enforce its regulations and charges, to assess and collect taxes, to acquire, hold and dispose of lands, to borrow money and to expropriate lands) flow from the improvement district’s bylaws, the Local Government Act and other provincial government legislation. There are more than 200 improvement districts operating in the Province of British Columbia.