Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:
As of Jan. 1, 2019, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has assumed ownership, management and operation of the Lexington water system. Thanks for your patience as we move toward a new safe, reliable water source for the Lexington subdivision.
We have found a new groundwater source and it has been approved for use by Interior Health; but, there is still considerable work to be done before we can use the new source. In the meantime, the system is currently operating the same as it did under management of the Lexington Improvement District. The water source is still Williams Lake and the Boil Water Notice is still in effect.
We are doing our best to complete the work as quickly as possible in order to remove the Boil Water Notice; however, there is still a lot of construction work to be done before the new well can be connected to the water system.
We have completed the design for the new pumphouse and connection of the well to the distribution system and have submitted the designs to Interior Health for approval. We will hire a construction company in March and construction will start when we have received all our approved permits. We are currently waiting for an archaeology permit, an access permit and subdivision approvals from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, finalization of the land purchase and a BC Hydro permit.
Since we are waiting on several permits, we don’t have an estimate on when construction will begin. Once it’s started, we expect the construction phase to take about 4 months.
You will receive your annual bill for the water system in April 2019. Even though the water quality has not yet improved, we still must collect the funds needed to operate the system. The invoice will be for the $980 water user fee that was approved through the petition to have the regional district take over the water system. If you pay your invoice by May 31, 2019, you will receive a 10% discount off the annual user fee.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Cariboo Regional District Utilities Department at 250-392-3351 (or 1-800-665-1636). In the event of an after-hours emergency, you can call the same main phone number and press 5 to be connected to our after-hours emergency line.