Tofino's Water Supply
Nestled below the coastal mountains of Colnet and Lone Cone on Meares Island, Tofino's water source receives and abundance of rain water which is filtered through the surrounding watershed. This process allows natural impurities in the rainwater to be filtered out before it reaches the Sharp Creek and Ginnard Creek reservoirs.
The Meares Island water then transfers to the Bay Street Pump House, the Ahkmahksis Water Treatment Plant through submerged pipelines, where it is treated, stored and delivered to the residents and businesses of Tofino.
Water supply System
The District's mandate is to provide and sustain an adequate supply of good clean water now and into the future. This is made possible through the development and use of programs that include long range planning, system operation, system maintenance and capital works.
Although Tofino has experienced water restrictions and shortages in the past, significant improvements related to Sharp Creek’s increased reservoir capacity, and the construction of the five million (5,000,000) gallon reservoir on Ginnard Creek and the Ahkmahksis Water Treatment Plant together have helped to improve, integrate, and homogenize our overall water supply system. Additionally, the recently upgraded Inter-zonal Pump House is greatly beneficial in balancing the District’s water storage capacity by moving water from low pressure systems to high pressure systems.
Thanks to cameras positioned over the dams and reservoirs, District staff is able to continually observe the systems and monitor the amount of water flowing over the weirs. Site inspections are regularly performed to confirm the actual water flows and levels of all District water sources. The District of Tofino’s water supply is continuing to meet user demands; even throughout the busy summer seasons.
Daily Water Consumption
The District of Tofino’s water consumption is continuously monitored and made public to ensure that the community is informed of Tofino’s water supply status.
Tofino’s daily consumption of water in gallons is provided through the Bay Street pump house and the Ahkmahksis Water Treatment Plant. Please follow the link below to view the consumption figures which are updated on a daily basis.
- 2012 Annual Water Report
- 2012 District of Tofino Water Systems Emergency Response Plan
- 2011 Annual Water Report
121 Third Street
PO Box 9
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0