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Kerby Fisher – SSID Water System Operator.
As of October 15, Kerby Fisher joins the SSID team as our water system Operator. Welcome Kerby!

Water Shutdown Oct 2
Maintenance on Arbutus Lane Saturday October 2 required a temporary water system shut down. Work started approximately 1:30pm, and the water was turned back on at 2:40pm.

The AGM and Election of Trustee was held August 1.
The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held at the Hacienda on Savary Island. At the meeting, SSID Trustees and staff reviewed the projects, finances, and events of 2020, and 2021 so far. Dale Gregory retired as Trustee Chair, and Emer Dubois was elected as a Trustee for a 3-year term. The accounting firm Del Mistro Dunn was re-appointed as the review accountant. The Chair's Report, Operator's Report, Five-Year Plan, and Financial Statements are available for reading or download on the Reports page.

May 1 Deadine passed for Early-pay discount on 2021 Tax Notices. Tax notices were sent to SSID property owners at the end of March. The taxes include the District Tax, the Connection Tax, and the Asset Renewal Levy introduced in 2019. If you have not yet paid, the full amount is now payable in accordance with the chart on the Tax Notice. More details on taxes, and ways to pay, may be found on the webpage Bill Payment. For more information on the Asset Renewal Levy, see the Asset Renewal Levy page. 

Water purity. In April, SSID conducted this year's 1st of 2 semi-annual Full Spectrum water tests that measure over 30 components of the well water. Separate water samples from well-1 and well-2 were again found to be within Canada's Drinking Water Guidelines, with no component being above the Maximum Allowable Concentration (MAC).

Water outage April 1. SSID's Operator received a text at about 11am from an Upper System resident indicating there was no water, so one of SSID's pumps was started manually to get water to residents before noon. The operator proposed that the cause of the water outage may have been that the new generator's battery was low voltage, and related to a previous electrical issue. The battery and electrical issue have since been corrected.

Excess Water Use Tolls for 2020 were issued January 2, 2021. Trustees set the 2020 rate at $1/cubic metre in excess of the 100 cubic metre allotment. If you did not receive an invoice, it means that you did not exceed the allotment. All Excess Tolls for 2020 have been paid.

Assessment Notices were issued February 2021.  Assessment Notices let property owners know in advance which SSID taxes will be applied to their SSID properties for the current calendar year.

Hydrant Upgrade in 2021.
Annual maintenance of the 13 fire hydrants was completed in October 2020. Each hydrant was taken out of service temporarily while undergoing maintenance. Although all the 50-year-old hydrants are working, they are beyond their estimated service life, with 5 in need of a new bed of drainage rock due to poor or slow drainage, and 1 suspected of possible damage below-ground. This suspect hydrant, and one of the poorly draining hydrants, will be replaced in fall 2021.

New Kubota Generator.
On June 15, 2020, after 23 years in service, the oldest of SSID's 2 diesel generators failed to start. An analysis of the mechanical issues and the machine's age determined that a new generator would be a better investment than an attempted fix of the old one. A new Kubota 2200T4 generator was installed on November 24, 2020. The T4 in the name refers to Tier-4, meaning that the machine is built to meet new emissions standards. The funds for this new generator came from SSID's reserves.

Mild chlorine applied October 1.
The bacteriological sampling on September 22 showed a small count of bacteria at 2 of the 8 sample sites. The Drinking Water Officer did not consider the amount of bacteria to warrant a boil water advisory, but recommended a re-sampling to confirm the numbers. The resampling of Sept 28 did confirm 2 bacteria at 2 sample sites, so SSID's Operator added a smalll amount of chlorine to the large water storage tank on October 1. The standpipes at Cedar Way and Phyllis Rd were flushed to draw the chlorine down the line, and to promote mixing within the water tank. For more information, visit our webpage on Chlorine Flush FAQs.

SSID's Operator carried out another water sample on October 20. That sample showed less than 1 coliform per 100mL, the lowest result possible. To view recent bacteriological results, see our webpage Monthly Water Reports.

Water outage September 17. SSID's Administrator received an email at 6:13 am from an Upper System resident indicating there was no water. She contacted the Operator and a Trustee, and drove to the pumphouse, where the Operator guided her through a manual start, so that residents had water pumping by 6:50am. In the afternoon, the Operator attended with an electrician, who re-secured the auto-start connections. 

Water outage September 10. SSID's Operator received a text at 7:40 am from an Upper System resident indicating there was no water. An electrical issue was suspected, so the Operator came over to Savary with an electrician. The pump was started manually to get water to residents right away, and the electrical issue was corrected by 11:40 am.

Waterworks System Map. SSID now has a single resource for all infrastructure parts including pipes, wells, tanks, hydrants, standpipes, air release valves, gate valves, sample stations, structures, easements, meter boxes and curbstops, and shows lot numbers and civic addresses, and more. To view, click Waterworks System Map.

Water outages June 15 and July 7. On 2 days, residents in SSID’s Upper System were briefly out of water, with the first instance caused by a mechanical issue with generator-1, and the second caused by an electrical malfunction. While mechanics and electricians were troubleshooting both events, SSID’s operator and trustees monitored a workaround to keep water pumping to all residents.

Fire Insurance Upgrade 2017. Savary Island was upgraded for fire insurance purposes following a review in June 2017 by the Fire Underwriter Survey. The Public Fire Protection was upgraded from 10 to 8 for Savary Shores, and the Dwelling Protection Grade was reclassified in Savary Shores from 5 to 4. Both ratings establish Savary Shores as “limited protection,” rather than “unprotected.” The rest of Savary Island, which has no hydrant system, is rated as PFPC 9 and DPG 4. The gradings could be further elevated if the fire department roster of full-time members increased to 15.