FAQs Water Conservation and Water Quality

1. What can residents do to lower their bills?
If you use more than 24,000 litres per month, there are often many ways you can save water and money.  Consider replacing old toilets with new WaterSense labelled models that use less than five litres per flush.  You can also replace old, top-loading washing machines with newer models that use up to 75 per cent less water.  You might consider looking for ways to use water more efficiently in your lawn and garden.  The CVRD’s website provides more tips and links for water conservation resources at: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/waterefficiency .

2. I grow my own food and now it is going to cost more. What can I do to reduce my costs?
Homes that use water efficiently, including those that have small food gardens, will continue to pay the lowest rate. Keep in mind that most gardens and crops need only one inch of water per week through the summer and some of that comes from rain. Assuming no rain, one cubic metre per week can water over 400 square feet of garden space, which would cost $5.20 per month at $1.30 per thousand litres. To reduce your bill, ensure you follow water-wise gardening practices such as mulching and watering deeply but less often to encourage deep root growth.

3. Should I be concerned about the fact that most of our pipe is made of asbestos cement?
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral occurring in natural deposits, and is considered quite safe for conveying our drinking water.  Millions of people all around North America in countless cities and towns are routinely supplied water via this kind of pipe. 

4. Will asbestos cement pipe be used in Black Creek Oyster Bay the future?
No. In the future we will only use newer kinds of pipe made of plastics such as PVC. Although AC pipe was used routinely in past decades, it is not used anymore in water systems.  This is because newer kinds of pipe are more reliable and also less prone to failure.