ALERT: Significant snowfall expected
Significant snowfall is occuring and expected to continue on Bowen Island. Crews are plowing and salting roads in the following order of priority:
-Main roads and bus routes
-Secondary roads, once the snow fall has stopped
-Third-priority roads, after the snow fall has stopped and all other main and secondary roads are passable
Please make room for plows. Vehicles parked on narrow roadsides make it difficult or impossible for plows to get through. There are many dead-end roads on Bowen. If a plow is unable to turn around at the end of a road, it can't clear the road.
Property owners are responsible for making sure the sidewalks next to their property are kept clear of snow and ice, to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians.
Water & Sewer
Municipal water systems
About half of Bowen Island homes are served from a Municipal water system. The rest are supplied by private communal water systems or private wells. All Municipal water systems are subject to the Drinking Water Protection Act, Water Act, Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines and other requirements from the Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Bowen Island Municipality owns and operates several water systems, serving approximately 1,000 connections.
View the Municipal Water Systems Map.
How to find your water meter
Information on how to find a water leak can be found here: Do You Know Where Your Water Meter is Located?
Information on how to mitigate the charges on your bill that result from a leak can be found here: Utility Charge Adjustment Policy.
Low water pressure?
If you are experiencing low water pressure, try the following:
- If you have a filter system, you will have to replace your filters from time to time. This may become necessary sooner than usual during the summer with the increase of algae and turbidity in the water supply.
- If pressure reduction occurs in just one sink or bathroom: There are screens on most of your faucets that may also be plugged. Unscrew and clean them.
- Most houses have a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV). As you can see in the diagram below, there is a fine screen through which all your household water has to go. If you haven’t cleaned this screen, this may be the problem. Shut off your water. Unscrew the hex nut at the bottom of the PRV. Remove stainless screen and clean. Reassemble making sure not to pinch the O-ring.
- Contact a plumbing contractor to trouble-shoot the issue.