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Excess Water Use Tolls for 2020 will be issued January 2, 2021. Trustees set the 2020 rate before the new year. In 2019, the rate was $1/cubic metre in excess of the 100 cubic metre allottment. If you do not receive an invoice, it will mean that you did not exceed the allotment. 

New Kubota Generator in November.
On June 15, after 23 years in service, the oldest of SSID's 2 diesel generators failed to start. SSID has since purchased a Kubota 2200T4 generator that is scheduled to be installed on November 24. The T4 part of the name refers to Tier-4, meaning that the machine is built to meet new emissions standards. The funds for this new generator come from SSID's reserves.

Hydrant Maintenance completed in October.
SSID Operator Courtney Robertson completed annual maintenance on the 13 fire hydrants in October. Each hydrant was taken out of service temporarily while undergoing maintenance.

AGM and Election of Trustee was held October 11.
The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held outside the SSID storage shed on October 11, with 12 property owners in attendance. The meeting had been planned only 2 weeks earlier, after having received a provincial Ministerial Order that now allowed the AGM and election to be held later than May 1, but stipulated COVID precautions. At the meeting, SSID Trustees and staff reviewed the projects, finances, and events of 2019 and 2020. Property owners' questions and comments were mostly about the chlorine flush of October 1. Trustee Bryan Miles was re-acclaimed as a Trustee for a new 3-year term. The accounting firm Del Mistro Dunn was re-appointed as the review accountant. The District's online Reports that have been available since April have been updated to include items presented at the AGM.

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.

The deadline for early-pay discounts was end of day May 1, 2020. Statements of full amounts payable were issued June 1 to property owners who have not submitted by deadline. Ways to pay, are shown on the Statement, on the Tax Notice, and on the Bill Payment webpage. The original Tax Notices for 2020 were sent out at the end of March. 

There were 3 taxes in 2020: the District Tax, the Connection Tax, and the Asset Renewal Levy introduced in 2019. The District Tax and the Asset Renewal Levy are issued for every property in Savary Shores, and the Connection Tax is issued only for properties connected to the SSID water system. For more information on the Asset Renewal Levy, see the Asset Renewal Levy page.  

Assessment Notices issued in February. The Assessment is not an invoice or tax notice, so does not reflect an amount payable. The amount payable is indicated on tax notices issued at the end of March.

In accordance with BC regulations, Assessment Notices let property owners know in advance which SSID taxes and levies are applicable to their SSID property for that calendar year, and provide an opportunity for property owners to appeal the assessment before a deadline, so that a Court of Revision may review the appeal before tax notices are generated.

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.