It is the District’s priority to ensure that residents receive a high quality water supply.
Our residents expect to get clean potable water from their taps every day and this is ensured through the monitoring, testing, and maintenance of its water system.
Water Supply and Distribution
The District operates two closed loop water distribution systems. For in-town residents, the water draws water from two wells, one located at First Beach and one at Second Beach. The reservoir, located next to Little Mack Ski Hill, holds approximately 596,000 cubic metres.
For Gantahaz residents, the District has two wells located on Alberta and Columbia Drive. The reservoir holds approximately 350,000 cubic metres.
We are truly lucky in that the Mackenzie Water Distribution System is one of a handful of systems across the country that do not require any secondary treatment.
To ensure continued high standards of drinking water quality and delivery for the District of Mackenzie and Gantahaz Subdivision, the District sends weekly water samples for bacterial testing and biennial samples for chemical testing.
Drinking Water Advisories
A water quality advisory indicates a level of risk associated with consuming the drinking water, but the conditions do not warrant a boil water notice or do-not-use water notice. Water quality advisory may be issued when certain chemicals, such as arsenic, are detected in the drinking water at a level that could pose a long-term health risk. The advisory will describe the nature of the risk and what actions a consumer can take to reduce the risk.
Gantahaz Subdivision Water System
Drinking Water Lead Levels – Northern Health
Drinking water generally does not contain lead, and if lead is present in water, the concentrations are usually extremely low. However, after school water sample testing conducted in some northern B.C. municipalities, elevated lead concentration levels have been found in some cases. Northern Health has issued a notice for more information regarding lead, its effects on human health, why it is being found in northern BC schools, and tips for reducing your family's exposure.
Water Shut Off & Leaks
If a leak is encountered within your residence or business and cannot be shut off via the main water shutoff valve located within your residence or business, the District will respond and shut off the service line valve located just outside the property line. There is a nominal fee for the service. During an emergency or after office hours, the water can be shut off and the fee can be paid at a later date.
- Application must be made within 90 days of purchase.
- The replacement must meet the qualifying criteria (visit the District website or call Public Works 250-997-3761 to ensure new appliance qualifies).
- The replacement appliance must be installed in accordance with the BC Plumbing Code and confirmed by an inspection by District staff.
- The old appliance must be dropped off at the Public Works yard and confirmed by a District Staff member.
- Please submit sales receipt with application form.