Public Notice

Posted: Jun 27, 2023      |      By: Communications

Critical Submarine Water Pipeline Break Triggers Temporary Water Restrictions

Posted: Jun 27, 2023   |   By: Communications

UPDATE: Repair has been complete as of 3:00PM Tuesday, June 27, 2023.


Effective: 1:10PM Tuesday, June 27, 2023

The District of Tofino is calling on all residents and businesses to significantly reduce water consumption immediately.

On Tuesday, June 27, a leak was identified in the submarine pipeline that supplies water from Meares Island to the Bay Street Water Treatment Facility.  Crews are at the site addressing the issue.  We are asking residents and businesses to restrict their use immediately while crews isolate and repair the rupture.

These restrictions include but are not limited to:

  • Watering gardens and lawns
  • Washing vehicles and boats
  • Outdoor showers
  • Washing of wetsuits

The restrictions are necessary to ensure adequate reserves for fire protection.

During this time, all public showers will be shut off and public washrooms will be closed.  We are asking community members and visitors, to restrict their water use to an absolute minimum.

The District is calling on the community to work together to conserve water for this temporarily vulnerable period in order to avoid further restrictions.

Please note that this incident is in addition to the emergency repair crews conducted earlier in June. The pipeline repair will strengthen the resilience of Tofino’s water system by maximizing  water collected on Meares Island, protected by Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks in the Haahuulthii of the Tla-o-qui-aht Ha'wiih, ⁠and will ensure that our resources will last longer throughout the summer.

We appreciate your cooperation as we repair this critical piece of infrastructure.  A public notice will be issued when the repair is complete.



Keegan McColl

Communications Coordinator

District of Tofino

(T) 250 725 3229

(E) ac.onifot@snoitacinummoc

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