The City presently draws the majority of its water from a single source at John Hart Lake which is delivered to the community via a gravity based water supply and distribution system. The lake source water is provided by way of connection to each of the three (3) existing BC Hydro penstocks serving the John Hart Generating Station, at the City’s water treatment facility located above the generating station and adjacent to the three (3) BC Hydro surge towers. As part of the John Hart Redevelopment Project, BC Hydro will be replacing the John Hart Generating Station and deleting the penstocks. BC Hydro has now entered the construction phase of this project with an anticipated completion date being the end of 2018. The BC Hydro penstocks are currently scheduled to be removed in 2018 requiring the City to have a new, fully functional water supply in place by the end of 2017. 

To deliver the required water system infrastructure, The City and BC Hydro have worked together over the past 2 years to develop the City’s Water Supply Project Plan which has recently been finalized with the signing of the BC Hydro Municipal Water Supply Infrastructure Construction and Funding Agreement. This agreement sets forth the obligations of both parties in delivering a new water supply system for the City of Campbell River and defines the overall approach to be employed in delivering the new City water system infrastructure. 

The City Work Project Delivery Plan has been established within the agreement and includes a water transmission line down Highway 28 to connect to the existing watermain off Powerhouse Rd., and relocation of the City’s ultra violet and sodium hypochlorite treatment facilities to the new pump station building that will be constructed at John Hart Lake. 

The City Work is broken into two distinct phases. The first phase includes a 1.2km section of shallow bury, large diameter, welded steel pipe to be installed within the MoTI Hwy 28 ROW from Surge Tower Road to a point approximately 400m east of the Brewster Lake Road turn off, and 325m from Surge Tower Road to Powerhouse Road. The second phase includes approximately 1.4km of large diameter water pipe that will commence from Hwy 28 and connect to a new, independent lake intake structure with pump station and water treatment building.

Phase 1 Project Location Map

Phase 2 Project Location Map

Questions & Answers Phase 1

Questions & Answers Phase 2 Contract 2

For information on BC Hydro's John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project click here

Contact Information

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