Water Information

Tofino’s tap water is collected with gratitude from the rainforests protected by Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks in the Hahuulthii of the Tla-o-qui-aht Ha'wiih.


 

District of Tofino Water Use and Conservation Bylaw 1224, 2016

 


This page contains information regarding daily water flows, water sampling reports, and other important information related to the District of Tofino water supply.

See District of Tofino Water Use and Conservation Bylaw 1224, 2016 for:

  • Water Use Regulations
  • Water Conservation Stages 
  • Exemptions

Did you know? Stage 1 Water Conservation is implemented between May 1 and October 1 every year unless other Stages take effect in the interim.

How will I know if other Stages are in place? Notice of the further restrictions will be made by posting to the District website or by publication in a newspaper not less than 48 hours prior to the commencement of the restrictions.

See the District of Tofino Water Conservation Strategy.
See the District of Tofino Water & Wastewater Rate Review.

FAQ:

What is Stage 1?

During Stage 1:

Watering of lawns, gardens, trees and landscaped areas is restricted to use of a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off mechanism, hand-held canister, or use of a sprinkler or a drip irrigation system:

  1. Odd numbered civic addresses may water on Monday and Thursday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; and
  2. Even numbered civic addresses may water on Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

All other outdoor uses of water may only be undertaken with the use of containers or a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off mechanism.

What is Stage 2?

During Stage 2:

Outdoor watering of lawns, gardens, trees and landscaped areas is prohibited except for the watering of food plants by hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off mechanism or hand-held canister as follows:

  1. Odd numbered civic addresses may water on Monday and Thursday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; and
  2. Even numbered civic addresses may water on Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

All other outdoor use of water is prohibited except to the minimum extent to remove salt water and provide basic hygienic cleaning.

For clarity, filling or refilling of hot tubs is prohibited.

What is Stage 3?

During Stage 3:

All outdoor use of water is prohibited.  

What is Stage 4?

During Stage 4:

All outdoor use of water is prohibited.

Indoor use of water is restricted to drinking purposes and use for sanitation purposes.

Where does Tofino get its water?

Tofino’s water comes from four rain-fed creeks on Meares Island, piped across the seabed to our 2 treatment facilities in Tofino.

Why did Tofino implement Stage 3 water restrictions in August 2021?
  • The 2021 summer continues to be much drier than normal. 
  • The Meares Island rain-fed water sources have been struggling to meet high daily demand, therefore additional conservations measures are required to ensure essential water supplies remain available.
Are we going to relax our restrictions because of the recent rainfall in late August 2021?
  • Intermittent rainfall helps replenish all of our reservoirs. 
  • Although our recent rain is very welcome, it is not enough to keep up with our current, daily water demand.
  • Stage 3 will remain in effect until we reach more favourable water levels, rainfall and usage rates. 
How does our water consumption in Stage 3 compare to our average summer consumption?
  • Since the beginning of Stage 3, average daily water use has been 1834 m3/day, which is ~11% less than the July/August 2021 daily average. 
  • All water users are asked to conserve as much water as possible until rain patterns can adequately replenish supplies.
  • Once water supply has been replenished, turbidity of the water may require flushing and testing of the water before restrictions can be lifted. 
What is the water storage capacity of Tofino’s reservoirs?
  • Tofino has three large tank reservoirs on the peninsula and two man-made lakes on Meares island.  In total, these hold 32,500 m3 of water for District use.
Why doesn’t Tofino get its water from Kennedy Lake?
  • Connecting to Kennedy Lake’s water supply would require a new set of infrastructure to connect to this source, and then transfer and treat the water for use in the District.
  • Tofino’s future water needs and options are being assessed by Staff and will be part of public and Council discussions throughout 2021/22. 
 

Daily Water Consumption Rates:

The District of Tofino tracks daily water consumption rates, in cubic meters, for the Bay Street Pump House and the Ahkmahksis Water Treatment Plant by year and month. 

Please contact us for water consumption data. 

Tofino's Drinking Water System:

Tofino’s drinking water system is comprised five primary components: water sources, source reservoirs, water treatment, distribution, and potable water reservoirs. 

Water Sources

The District obtains its drinking water from four rain-fed creeks on Meares Island, piped across the seabed to our 2 treatment facilities in Tofino.

Source Reservoirs

Two creeks have reservoirs: Ahkmahksis Reservoir (23,000 m3) and Close Creek Dam (2,000 m3). These source reservoirs are intended to bridge the gap between the District’s demand for water and the volume available from the four creeks during dry conditions.

Treatment

The four creeks are piped into two treatment locations: Bay Street Chlorination Station and Ahkmahksis Water Treatment Plant. From this point on, the water is potable.

Distribution

The water is then distributed throughout the district through roughly 38 km of watermains.

Potable Water Reservoirs

The distribution system includes water storage at three potable water reservoirs: Stump Dump, DL 117, and Barrs Mountain. Altogether they store 7,400 m3. These reservoirs primarily provide storage to meet peak day demands, provide emergency storage, and meet fire flow demands. 

Water Sampling Results

All water suppliers in British Colombia are required to  monitor  water that reaches consumers for total coliform bacteria and Escherichia coli (E.coli) regularly. The monitoring is one part of a comprehensive approach to safe drinking water.

  • The presence of E. coli in a water sample indicates that bacteria capable of causing illness may be present in the water system. 
  • The presence of total coliform bacteria may indicate a breakdown in the treatment process, or growth in the distribution system.

View District of Tofino Water Sampling Reports