The Bowen Bay water system services about 60 users in the Bowen Bay neighbourhood.
The source of water for the Bowen Bay Water System is from three drilled groundwater wells. The water is treated by flow-paced injection of sodium hypochlorite prior to entering the water system. It is tested for chlorine residuals every day and samples are sent to Vancouver Coastal Health once a week.
Help us contact you quickly if we discover a leak
Bowen Island Municipality is currently dealing with leaks at some properties in Municipal water systems. We make every effort to contact the property owners, however in many cases we only have mailing addresses.
Please provide your contact information so that we can contact you by phone or e-mail if we discover high water usage on your water meter.
If BIM identifies a leak, every effort will be taken to contact the property owner. If the property owner cannot be contacted, water will be turned off at the property.
The annual water charge for connected properties in Bowen Bay is $1,216 and $757 for non-connected properties as per Bowen Bay Water Rates Bylaw. This amount entitles each property owner to use up to 7,200 gallons of water per month.
Water meters are read only during the summer months, on or about the first of the month from May through September. Each household’s water consumption is measured, and consumption which exceeds 7,200 gallons per month during the months of June, July, August and September will be charged at the following rates:
|Gallons||Rate per gallon|
|7,201 – 9,000||$0.02|
|9,001 – 12,000||$0.10|
Public Works staff will advise property owners in writing if their water use exceeds 7,200 gallons during the summer months. Homeowners who receive such letters are encouraged to reduce water use to promote water conservation and avoid additional metered rate charges.
In October, if applicable, homeowners will receive a bill for all excess use charges incurred over the summer. Water bills that remain unpaid after December 31 will be transferred to the property tax account and accrue interest as of January 1 the following year.
Changes are coming to your water bill
Last year, Council asked us to review all Municipal water rate bylaws with a view to developing uniform and consistent charges for all Municipal water users. Tunstall Bay was the first water system (outside of Cove Bay) to switch to a hybrid billing system and the other water districts will follow suit.
Why switch to metered rates?
- promotes a culture of water conservation
- improves leak protection
- develops consistency Island-wide
- distributes costs more equitably
How to get involved?
The Bowen Bay Water System Local Advisory Committee has advisory powers to Council regarding water system issues, and also reviews the operating and capital budgets for the utility. The Committee meets two to three times a year, including an annual information meeting where any users of the Bowen Bay Water System are welcome to attend.