Union Bay Water pH 6.86

Had a conversation with a neighbour and we started discussing Union Bay Water, he thought the water was acidic so I went to get some answers.



Union Bay Water supply Langley Lake


The pH of pure water is 7. In general, water with a pH lower than 7 is considered acidic, and with a pH greater than 7 is considered basic. The normal range for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5, and the pH range for groundwater systems is between 6 to 8.5. The Canadian drinking water quality guideline for pH is an Aesthetic Objective (AO) of between 6.5 and 8.5. pH

UBID Web site Page 3  Certificate of Analysis May 2018  pH 6.86 ( thanks UBID Public Works Superintendant Dan McGill)

New info from June 2019 posted on Union Bay Improvment District web site Water Quality Report for 2018 Union Bay Improvement District’s Water System


Water with a low pH can be acidic, naturally soft and corrosive. … If your water is acidic (less than 7 pH) you may have problems with leaching of copper and lead from your plumbing.

Want to no more…..This fun video will cover information that you need to know about pH, Alkalinity, and Hardness

Now wasn’t that interesting….

Union Bay Improvement District Immaculate Consumption

August 15th, 2019 Improvement District meeting appeared on the Union Bay Improvement District web site in record time and the July 25th meeting miraculously appeared from lost to found.

Watched the videos of the meetings and was impressed with how well they were run. Well done Chair Healey.

The water works report commented on a resident having a water leak on the house side of the meter of hundreds of gallons a day. So I decided to get some answers.

This form can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NPSgUT5JFiBxXn20Zmmjks1-RLz2Meqp/view

Union Bay Estates update Kensington Comprehensive Development Permit (DP 5A 19)

Updates on the Union Bay Estates to the construction of two buildings connected by a trellised walkway, parking area, drainage infrastructure, landscaping and related site works; 

Tuesday July 31st Boardroom of the regional district offices, 550B Comox Road, Courtenay, BC commencing at 4:00 p.m.

Note: The in-camera session of the board meeting will commence immediately following the open session.

Recommendation #3
THAT the board approve the Development Permit DP 5A 19 (34083 Yukon Inc) on the property described as Lot 3, District Lot 154, Nanaimo District, Section 32, Township 1 and District Lot 28, Nelson District Plan EPP15507, PID 028-731-531 (Lot 3, Plan EPP15507, Island Highway) for the construction of two buildings connected by a trellised walkway, parking area, drainage infrastructure, landscaping and related site works; AND FURTHER THAT the Corporate Legislative Officer be authorized to execute the permit.

Union Bay, Vancouver Island Snakes

My wife was in the garden and was surprised by the appearance of a snake under the red Japanese Maple. She wondered if they were poisoness, so I decided to get some answers

Are there snakes on Vancouver Island?


Spring is in full swing; the birds are chirping, the gardens are lush and the snakes are out. Do not fear, the snakes of Vancouver Island are non-venomous and feed primarily on slugs and worms. ... All three species of Garter Snake are common throughout BC and not at risk of extinction (yellow-listed).

Garter Snakes in the Yard and Garden

A few garter snakes in the garden can be a good thing. They eat insects and other pests, so they can control those pests that harm your plants. … While generally shy and withdrawing, a garter snake will bite if you accidentally step on them.

Understanding the interactions of nature helps one be an active participant, now about that superfamily Grylloidea…CRICKET

Union Bay and Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Parcel tax and property taxes.

Union Bay Improvment District Parcel Tax backgrounder:

Had a chat with my neighbour and we discussed the difference between a parcel tax and property tax in Union Bay. So I decided to get some answers…

From the Trustee Handbook…..Improvement districts are incorporated by the Province of British Columbia (Province) under the Local Government Act (Act) and they are granted certain powers by the legislation. Each improvement district was created when the majority of landowners in a community petitioned the Province to incorporate an improvement district to deliver one or more public services on their behalf. The people with the responsibility for making decisions about the service(s) are elected by the landowners they are known collectively as the board of trustees.

Union Bay Parcel Tax covers supplying Potable Water , Fire Protection and Lights

Taxes, Tolls and Related Charges to landowners Information Sheet
UBID collects four (4) key sources of revenue comprised primarily of levies, taxes and charges. (click on link for details) Note Fees are for 2017

Land owners will be responsible for the cost of borrowing through their parcel taxes. Current parcel taxes are $345 annually.
Dependent upon final project costs (to be confirmed this spring), parcel taxes may increase between $45 to $90 annually. Final
figures will be made available once project costs have been confirmed.

Property Taxes | Comox Valley Regional District


Rural areas receive their property tax notice from the province’s Surveyor of Taxes Office at the end of May each year with the taxes due by the first business day in July. In 2019, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is providing a total of 99 separate services to residents and businesses.

Need more information contact Electoral Area A (Baynes Sound-Denman/Hornby Islands): https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/about/electoral-areas-member-municipalities-first-nations/electoral-area-baynes-sound-denmanhornby


Union Bay Improvment District did have its first Board meeting Thursday July 25th 2019 with all newly elected Trustees

Thursday July 25th, 2019 at 7pm UBID Board Meeting with a newly elected (April 20) majority composed of: Hein Vandenberg who was elected with a record breaking number of votes followed closely by Paul Healey.

Paul Healy has taken the oath of office and is now officially a Union Bay Improvement District Trustee and was unanimously elected Board Chair at the meeting, congratulations Mr. Healy

Union Bay to Denman Island as the Crow fly’s

As I was taking a walk today, I stopped off at the post office and ask if they new the distance directly from Union Bay to the shore in Denman Island.

So, I decided to get some answers…

Union Bay to Denman Island as the Crow fly’s

Union Bay 270.45◦ across to Denman 90.39◦ 1.45nmi (2.68546Km) 124.7 ft deep in center


UBID Sells Fire Hall Property and new owners are preparing site


From Union Bay Improvment District Web Site

McLeod Road Property – The McLeod Road property has been sold and the proceeds $323,200.90 will be applied to our capital infrastructure account. This property was originally purchased for a new Fire Department Building. A more suitable piece of property was provided to us by Union Bay Estates as part of our water agreement at a cost of $1.

Union Bay Improvement District and Kensington Island Properties AKA Union Bay Estates & C.V.R.D. Master Development Agreements

Had a discussion with my neighbour who was perplexed on why the agreement was not available on the Union Bay Improvement District site so I decided to go get some answers.

Master Development Agreement, 2010


Master Development Amending Agreement, 2017


Details on the amendment can be found in the staff report dated December 8, 2017.


Seeking an Agreement between the Union Bay Improvement District and KensingtonIsland Properties
JS Mattison
August, 2017
Prepared for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development


Oops tried this link


Now why is that???????????? ( UBID deleted the Page)

Thanks to a Union Bay resident for a copy of the agreement. 

Potable Water service and infrastructure Agreement October 2017