Castlegar Water Management Plan

In light of the recent decision of Castlegar Council to keep utility rates static for 2011, I’ve posted below copies of the Water Management Plan reports that were completed in March and June of 2009. These reports outline a planned $66 Million cost over 20 years on water infrastructure. As far as I know, there …

The Price of Ignoring Water Infrastructure

Image by urbanworkbench via Flickr We’ve been living on borrowed time when it comes to infrastructure, not just the communities in the Kootenays, but towns and cities of all sizes across North America. From what I can tell, more than half of the pipe in the ground in this part of the world is older …

80 Year Old Watermain

There is a story to these pictures, if you are wondering what the growth is called, it is referred to as “pipe tuberculation” or “insoluble corrosion residue buildup” and the main issue is that it increases pipe friction losses thus reducing fire flows, but can also ultimately lead to pipe failure. The infrastructure in many …

The Lifesaver Bottle

Clean water is something that most of my readers probably quite happily take for granted. Despite the fact that in most Cities the systems we use to clean and transport water are among some of the most decrepit parts of the infrastructure of the communities we live in, we assume that when we turn on …

Spring Freshet at Brilliant Dam

This time of year makes for some magical photos around the Kootenays. This is the Brilliant Dam and Generating Stations on the Kootenay River taken from HWY 3A just outside of Castlegar on the road to Nelson, BC. We often stop here with the kids to watch the memorizing flow of water over the spillway. …

A $300,000 Water Meter

The New York Times featured an article about the sleepy town of┬áBolinas, California, where development has been managed through a unique process… Marc Dwaileebe would like to build a house for his family on land he owns in this bucolic town just 20 miles north of San Francisco. But he cannot hook up to the …

UBC Water Survey for the Kootenays

A lot of opportunities to participate in surveys and learning pass across my various “desks”, and I recently received a request from a group that I hold in high regard, led by Hans Schrier and Sandra Brown at the University of British Columbia. The Soil Water and Communities Group from the Faculty of Land and …

BC’s Living Water Smart Blog

The BC Ministry of Environment recently established a wordpress blog for the Living Water Smart project. As far as I know, this is the firs example of a provincial ministry using blogging software, including permitting comments, (with moderation) on the site!  The first post, by Barry Penner, the Minister, requests comments, and at last count …