The Union Bay Improvement District’s new water treatment facility is officially complete.

The community says the plant will service the 690 properties in the area and will allow the regular boil-water advisory by Island Health to be lifted.

The $4.2 million project was completed on May 15th and includes filtration of the water (drawn from Langley Lake) – meeting provincial water treatment guidelines that were previously not being achieved.

“This project is a success that has been many years in the making by many people – from board members and staff who helped prepare the UBID many years ago for this investment. To Union Bay Estates for their donation of the land, to the construction crews able to wrap up the work amidst the challenges presented by COVID-19,” said Ian Munro, UBID chair.  “We are thankful to everyone who has contributed to this critical milestone.”

UBID says the original goal was to wrap up construction by April but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

The total cost of the Water Treatment Plant project was $4.2 million, of which approximately $700,000 will be contributed from UBID’s Public Works Capital Reserve and $3.5 million will be borrowed and amortized over 25 years.

As a result, property taxes have increased from $345 to approximately $390 this year– a $46 increase.

“The UBID’s most critical service is to provide clean, safe and reliable water to our residents, and completing this project so we could do so has been our top priority,” added Munro. 

“We know that the ongoing boil water advisories have been trying for many in the community and we’re thankful to all for consideration in this time,”

For further information and to view regular project updates, please visit https://union-bay.ca/water/.