Union Bay Water connections, is it 670, 708, or ????

As I was watering my garden on an odd day as we are in stage one water restrictions, my neighbour asked how many property’s in Union Bay have water supplied and who regulates the water? I said depending on who you ask. I told him that was a great question and went out to get some answers.

Water source description;

The Langley Lake Water Supply Area, is within the Hart/Washer Creek Watershed, for a total of 395 hectares (976 acres), of which Langley Lake itself comprises approximately 31 hectares (76.6 acres)

Water supply system the distribution boundaries are Tsable River / Highway 19A in the south and the end of Kilmarnock in the north end. The distribution network has approximately 40 kilometers of pipeline.  A water license to extract from Langley Lake provides all the water for the system. The raw water is gravity fed to the reservoir where it is treated with chlorine gas prior to distribution.

The new treatment plant will have a treatment capacity of 14 litres (3.07 imperial gallons) per second compared to the current system with 708 connections that utilizes 4 Liters (.87 imperial gallons) to 10 litres (2.2 imperial gallons) per second depending on the season.

The Potable Water Servicing and Infrastructure Agreement between Union Bay Estates and the Union Bay Improvement District was signed December 2017. The Comox Valley Regional District approved the zoning application and some of the key elements are: 

The initial phase is for 60-100 single family residences – any further development requires that the developer provide third party hydrological studies that can prove that the quantity of water in Langley Lake will meet demand of the increased hook-ups or suggest a secondary source. 

• UBID is responsible for the provision of potable water including daily operations and billing. In addition, the UBID is to responsible for: 

1. Survey costs associated with land

2. Decommissioning of current reservoirs 

3. Remediation of current treatment plant 

Regulatory compliance Drinking water in BC is regulated under the Drinking Water Protection Act (Act) and the Drinking Water Protection Regulation (Regulation). Drinking Water Officers (DWOs) conduct inspections and work with water suppliers to meet the Act and Regulation. The primary goal is to work with suppliers so they can provide potable water that is safe to drink without further treatment. UBID’s water system is required to:

 • Comply with the Act and Regulation

• Obtain a construction permit or construction permit wavier prior to constructing or modifying the water system

• Obtain an operating permit

• Operate the system according to the legislation and any terms and conditions on the permit

• Have a trained water system operator

• Have an emergency response and contingency plan

• Monitor the quality of the water • Immediately notify the DWO of any threats to the drinking water

• Provide public notice of threats as required

• Make emergency response plans and annual reports public

• Conduct water source and system assessments

UBID holds Conditional Water Licences 112815 and 112817 that together authorize water storage in Langley Lake and water use for waterworks purpose along with the construction and operation of works within the boundaries of the Union Bay Improvement District.  The licences cumulatively authorize the use of 178 million gallons per year at a rate not to exceed 1,828,000 gallons a day. This equates to 809,204 cubic metres per year at a constant average draw of 25.7 litres(5.9 Imperial Gallons) per second.

Information from “Source to Tap” Prepared for the Union Bay Improvement District by Sonya Jenssen, MA Winter 2019 

Test results for UBID available here: Island Health test results – raw and distribution. https://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/VIHA/VIHA_Website.nsf/Water-Samples-Frameset?OpenPage

Union Bay Improvement Inspection Report




Who owns the Langley Lake Dam?

Had a neighbour ask who owned the Langley Lake Dam so I decided to get some answers


 LANGLEY LAKE DAM Points Code: PD31127 Regulated Code: Regulated

Type: Earthfill Height (m): 4

Next Audit Year: 0 Crest Length (m): 18

Dam File No.: D720116-00 Operation Code: Active

Crest Elevation (m): 1150.3 (Crest of Dam Elevation of the uppermost surface of a dam proper, not taking into account any camber allowed for settlement, curbs, parapets, guard rails or other structures that are not a part of the main water-retaining structure. This elevation may be roadway, walkway or the non-overflow section of a dam.)


Function: MAIN District-Precinct Name: NAN – COURTENAY

Dam Safety Officer: Baldwin, John ENV:EX



In 1960, the Union Bay Waterworks (newly formed from the Water Association) bought their water system for a $1.00 from the Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Limited. They also bought the land under Langley Lake for $1,000, one of the few lakes in BC for which the bed is privately owned. The Union Bay Waterworks became the Union Bay Improvement District, which was incorporated by Letters Patent on March 18, 1960 as the authority responsible for providing waterworks to the residents and property owners of Union Bay. Fire Protection and Street Lighting were added to UBID responsibilities in 1972.
UBID is governed by an elected Board of Trustees who are chosen to serve overlapping terms at elections which are held as part of an Annual General Meeting. Trustees are paid a small stipend. Day to day business is managed by a full-time Administrator, who is supported by a part-time Administrative Assistant, along with a Public Works Superintendent and a Public Works Technician, both full time. Union Bay Fire Rescue is a volunteer fire department with a half-time paid Fire Chief. The fire crew are volunteers with modest stipends paid to a couple of senior officers and an annual honourarium paid to the department as a whole.

Hope you enjoyed some facts for clarification….

CVRD and Union Bay Estates and Zoning Bylaw Review

Background (from CVRD https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/projects-initiatives/past-current-projects/union-bay-estates)

Union Bay Estates, formerly known as Kensington Island Properties, is a comprehensive development area within the settlement node of Union Bay (Electoral Area A – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands). The development will have a variety of land uses including residential, commercial, institutional, recreational and resort amenities. The Union Bay Estates lands are 309 hectares (764 acres) in size.

The residential component of the development will be a maximum of 2,889 units, including carriage houses, affordable housing and secondary suites. If the developer donates additional affordable housing lots, beyond what is required, they can build up to 60 more residential lots. Further details are available within the Master Development Agreement.

Zoning Bylaw

In 2010, the subject properties were rezoned to Kensington Comprehensive Development Zone (K-CD). The K-CD zone is divided into five Comprehensive Development Areas (CDAs). Please note, as part of the ongoing zoning bylaw review, the K-CD zone will be updated to reflect amendments to the Master Development Agreement.

Still time to get some answers…

Bylaw No. 2781 applies to all three electoral areas within the CVRD

  • May 6, 2019: Union Bay Community Club and Recreation Association (3:30 – 7 pm)
  • May 16, 2019: Oyster River Fire Hall (3:30 – 7 pm)
  • May 22, 2019: CVRD Boardroom (3:30 – 7pm)

She just wanted to honour her mom

She just wanted to honour her mom

Long before her death, Jarvis’ mom Ann Reeves Jarvis hoped someone would dedicate a day to honour mothers. When she died on May 9, 1905, Jarvis set out to do just that. She began campaigning not only for her mom but for moms everywhere.
It started off with her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, which takes credit for hosting the first official Mother’s Day celebration three years later at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. Since then, the church has been dubbed the “International Mother’s Day Shrine.”
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Jarvis’ Mother’s Day as a national holiday.


Union Bay Celebrates Moms Day with a community breakfast;

Union Bay Moms day breakfast




Union Bay -Vancouver Island -Water supply shut offs and home owners inline house filter.

If you own or rent a property in Union Bay and it has a water supply here is some information one might find valuable.

From left to right Main Water Service shut off Valve (Curb Stop) Curb stopand is the property of Union Bay improvement District and then a water meter. Water personal will come by ever couple of months and read the meter.

Water and Public Works Services:

Water supply piping past this point is the responsibility of the property owner.

Picture in the middle is the location of a main water shut off globe valve.

Picture on the far right after the main shut off valve are Di-electric Union.


then the PRV (pressure reducing valve)

I have also installed an inline house filter


Now wasn’t that interesting….

Union Bay Weed Terminator


5 Years in Union Bay and we love gardening, but don’t like the weeds especialy horse tail. I have used this formula for 4 years…simple Vinegar that we buy at Costco, Dawn dish soap and a pressureized applicator…..

Then I use the Terminators for those weeds that you want never to come back… you tube video explains how…but beware….nothing will grow in that area again….


  • Vinegar alone – Full strength, undiluted 18 percent acidity vinegar can be an effective weed killer.
  • Vinegar and Soap – Mix dishwashing soap at a rate of one ounce per gallon of full strength vinegar. This mixture can double as an insecticide. Be aware of this as you’re using it. Also remember that it will kill your good plants as well, so be sure not to get it onto any of your flowers or vegetable plants. Please see the dangers section below for warnings about harmful chemicals in some detergents.
  • Vinegar, Soap, and Salt – One gallon vinegar, one cup of salt, one tablespoon dishwashing liquid. Mix together and apply. Please see the dangers section below for warnings about harmful chemicals in some detergents.
  • Vinegar and Lemon Juice – Many people say that adding lemon juice to vinegar increases its effectiveness as a weed killer. This is because it increases the acidity levels. Adding anywhere from one tablespoon to one cup per gallon is a common recipe.
  • Vinegar and Essential Oil – Mix full strength vinegar with one tablespoon of essential oil of clove or orange. Some gardeners say the oil helps the mixture stick to the plants better to increase effectiveness.
  • https://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Recipe_for_Vinegar_Weed_Killer

Warnings and Dangers

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid damaging lawn, soil, animals or plants:

  1. Be aware that any recipe for vinegar weed killer has the power to kill weeds and undesirable plants, but that it does not discriminate in what it kills. It also has the power to kill good and desirable plants. For that reason, be sure not to spray it on or near plants you wish to keep such as ornamental plants or your vegetable garden.
  2. Vinegar is often used as a disinfectant to kill bacteria, mold and germs. That is fine when you want those things gone from your home or your kitchen counter top, but in the environment, there are many beneficial bacteria which you want to keep in your soil. Rich compost and humus is teeming with beneficial bacteria and organisms. Avoid spraying any of these solutions on soil where you intend to plant because it will sterilize the soil – perhaps up to two years.
  3. Be selective of the type of detergent/soap/liquid you add to your homemade weed killer. There are certain dangers associated with chemicals that are commonly found in household cleaning solutions, such as laundry detergent. These include phosphates, phenols and sodium hypochlorite or bleach. According to the National Institutes of Health, phosphates damage the environment; phenols and sodium hypochlorite have toxic properties. Choose detergents that are free of these chemicals. Also avoid any household cleaners that are “antibacterial” as these will kill beneficial bacteria in the soil

Now lets get those weeds the friendly way….

UBID leaves Elected trustees Up the creek without a paddle….


Notice of Annual General & Inaugural Meetings

Annual General Meeting: Monday, June 3, 2019 7:00pm 

Inaugural Meeting: Monday June 10, 2019 7:00pm

Main Hall, Union Bay Community Hall 5401 S. Island Highway, Union Bay

 Union Bay Landowners are in Day 9 of a Union Bay Improvement District illegal Board of Trustees.

 April 20th-Trustee Candidates Paul Healey and Hein Vanderburg were elected, April 25th-AGM cancelled, May 2nd-Official Election results posted on UBID site, Trustee Kaljur banned from meetings well over 3 months, now the illegal board will not leave until JUNE 10th

Comox Record Cartoon

(Thanks to Comox Valley Record May 9th 2019 addidtion)

…..Hello is anyone listening……