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Saltair Water System Receives 3.9 Million in Funding For Filtration Upgrade

3.9 Million in Funding Received for Filtration Upgrade Project

Saltair is receiving 3.9 million government funding to begin a water filtration upgrade project required to meet provincial drinking water guidelines.  Please read the attached official news release from the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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Saltair Water Main Flushing 2021

The 2021 Water Main Flushing Program 

Water main flushing program is a technique used to clean water distribution pipes and reservoirs of sediments that build up over time. This is accomplished by strategic manipulation of fire hydrants and valves to force water at high velocities through the system from previously flushed sections.

Saltair’s Flushing dates:  

  • Monday, March 22nd, 2021
  • Friday,     March 26th, 2021
  • Monday, March 29th, 2021
  • Thursday, April 1st, 2021

While this program is underway, short periods of low pressure and discolored water may be expected. Any discoloration is temporary and not a health hazard. Residents are asked to minimize their water consumption if a change in water appearance is noticed. To clear water lines, residents are advised to turn on their cold water tap until the water runs clear.

Should any water problems persist, please call the CVRD’s Engineering Services Department at (250)-746-2530



Winter Garbage Collection CVRD Notice

Winter Curbside Collection Notice

This is a reminder that garbage and recycling pickup normally scheduled for Friday, December 25th has been re-scheduled to Monday, December 28th and garbage and recycling pickup normally scheduled for Friday, January 1, has been re-scheduled to Monday, January 4th.
If your CVRD electoral area curbside collection is missed due to extreme weather, hang onto your material until the next scheduled collection day.
Extra material may be placed at the curb alongside CVRD totes. Please ensure extra recyclable material is labelled clearly on the outside of container ‘For Recycling’.
Recyclable material in plastic bags will not be collected.
Alternatively, if you are unable to hang onto your garbage and/or recycling until your next scheduled pickup, it can be taken to either Bings Creek, Peerless Road or Meade Creek Recycling Centres for disposal at no charge.
Proof of residency is required to be presented at the facility scale house upon arrival.


This is important information for anyone who wishes to submit a negative vote, using the attached form, regarding the proposed loan to implement the new Water Filtration project.

If you look closely, there is no name or address information on the form should you wish to send your response via regular mail or if you drop it off at the CVRD offices.

Presumably, if you send your response to the address given for email submissions, it will be redirected appropriately.

According to the BC government’s Community Charter rules, any responses to any Alternative Approval Process (AAP) must be sent to the Corporate Officer at the regional government offices.

If you wish to reference this rule, it can be found by opening this document and going to page 17:

Click here for a downloadable AAP Form

As quoted in the above document: “Local governments may decide to establish a process or procedure that  includes how the forms are received, date-stamped and secured for the Corporate Officer’s access only, regardless of who receives the forms at the local government offices.”

But just to be sure, it might be a good idea to send the forms directly to the Corporate Officer for the CVRD – who is Angie Legault; her title and contact information can be found at:

Return original signed copy( one for each qualifying elector in Saltair household) to the attention of: 
     Angie Legault 
     Corporate Officer
     Legislative Services Department
     CVRD Offices
     175 Ingram Street
      Duncan, B.C.
      V9L 1N8
Tenants of Saltair are also eligible to return the AAP Elector Response Form Bylaw Number 4328 if they have resided in Saltair for at least 30days,  have lived in British Columbia for at least six months and meet the other requirements set out on the elector response form.
Questions, call:
Legislative Department, CVRD- 1-800-665-3955

Click here to access CVRD Corporate Services

If you are mailing or hand-delivering your response to the CVRD, direct your form to her attention in order to be sure it is counted in the negative votes.

Address: 175 Ingram Street, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 1N8

And please do share this information with any of your friends, family or neighbours who live in Saltair!

Posted on behalf of Saltair District Ratepayer’s Association (SDRA)

Important Saltair Water System Loan Authorization Approval Opportunity

“CVRD Bylaw No. 4328 – Saltair Water System Service Loan Authorization (Water Treatment Upgrades – $3,700,000) Bylaw, 2020”

By now, Saltair residents will have received the following letter  from the Cowichan Valley Regional District containing important Saltair Water Treatment Upgrades information regarding   Alternative approval opportunity for the adoption of CVRD Bylaw No. 4328.  See Document below:

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Eligible electors of the Saltair Water System Service Area, within a portion of Electoral Area G – Saltair/Gulf Islands, are advised of an alternative approval opportunity for the adoption of CVRD Bylaw No. 4328. If adopted, Bylaw No. 4328 will authorize the CVRD to borrow up to Three Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,700,000) for a 20 year period to fund the completion of water treatment upgrades to the Saltair Water System to current municipal standards. This will include all things necessary to acquire property, easements, rights-of-way, licenses, rights or authorities, and the design and construction of the water works.

The CVRD is also seeking grant funding for this project. Borrowing will be based on the actual funds required for the project (up to the maximum established by the bylaw). Should the maximum amount be borrowed, the cost to property owners within the service area will be approximately $270 per parcel, until the debt is retired.

If 10 percent (146) or more of eligible electors within the Saltair Water System Service Area sign and submit an elector response form in opposition to the borrowing, the Board cannot proceed to adopt the bylaw without obtaining assent (referendum) of the electors.  Elector Response Forms must be returned to the CVRD by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2021.   See form below:

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In addition to the documents listed below, further information on the project may be found on this page.

CVRD Bylaw No. 4328
Staff Report
Elector Response Form

Peerless Road Recycling Centre Summer Schedule

Peerless Road Recycling Summer Schedule

Please note that as of June 1, Peerless Road Recycling Centre will resume summer operating hours.

Peerless Road Recycling Centre Hours & Operation Times: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

CVRD Free Store located at  Peerless Road is closed to the public until further notice.

CVRD Recycling Centres are experiencing significant increases in customer volumes. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days. Customers should expect long wait times and delays.

In order for staff to follow best practices for social distancing and reduce interactions, the following measures will be in effect:

• Ten vehicles at a time will have access to the depot
• No cash – only credit and debit payments are accepted
• Free Stores are closed

Curbside collection schedules remain the same. Please store recyclables at home and use curbside pick-up as the service is provided for most homes within the region.

Recycling Centre hours of operation remain the same at this time, please check for updates.


Garbage & Recycling Fee Increase

Garbage & Recycling Utility Fee Increase

Fees have increased to help cover rising operating costs such as fuel and waste disposal. This is the first time curbside collection fees have been increased since 2012. The amount of the fee increase ranges from $5 to $12 depending on the service you receive.

An invoice and letter explaining the new utility fee increase have been sent out to Area G residents by the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Please click on the highlighted link for detailed information regarding this increase.

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Water Systems Flushing Notice

Water Systems Flushing Notice

Monday April 8 through April 18- 8am-4pm

Residents may experience some air in the lines and discolouration of the water supply during these operations. Should this occur, running a cold water tap for a short period will help to restore the water quality to normal. We realize this maintenance activity may inconvenience you and we will do our best to minimize any disruption. The CVRD appreciates your patience during this interruption of service. Please call the Engineering Services

Department at 250.746.2530 should you have any questions regarding the above.