Water Conditions

Water main flushing

April 7 8:00am - May 30 4:00pm, 2020

UPDATE: April 7

Water main flushing is taking place in the following neighbourhoods: Cates Hill

Water main flushing beginning Saturday, March 28th and continuing for 6 -8 weeks. Temporary water interruptions may occur and your water pressure could be low for periods of time.

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BIRD re-open as of April 3

April 3 - June 18, 2020

Bowen Waste Solutions (BWS) is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Bowen Island Recycling Depot (BIRD) on Friday, April 3, 2020. Careful consideration has been taken to comply with health and safety requirements for our staff and the community. There are some temporary limitations and procedures for bringing your recycling to BIRD.

Read the BIRD guidelines

Air Quality

Outdoor Burn Ban

March 31 - June 30, 2020

All open burning is prohibited until further notice.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District and the province have banned all open burning to protect community members who may have breathing difficulties during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Camp fires for warmth or cooking are permitted under strict conditions.

Indoor residential fires are still permitted.

Road Conditions

Construction on Water Treatment Plant

March 25, 2020 - April 1, 2021

Preliminary construction work on the Cove Bay Water Treatment Plant will begin on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The site is located near Grafton Lake off of Grafton Road.

Initial construction activities may include installation of sediment and erosion control measures and preliminary earthworks.

COVID-19 precautions: Industra, the contractor managing the project, will make arrangements for the contractor’s and sub-contractor’s staff to reside on the island for the duration of their involvement in the project. Industra will provide a safe work environment for all and has instructed its crews to follow the government protocols to maintain social distancing. Crews are also asked to limit any visitation to Bowen's essential service stores to the minimum required.

Questions? Please contact Public Works at 604-947-4255.


Municipal Hall closed to the public

March 17 8:30am - April 17 12:00am, 2020

Municipal Hall is closed to the public. We must do this to protect our staff who will continue to provide essential services. You can still contact us by phone 604-947-4255 or e-mail

Road Conditions

Windjammer Road Construction

March 9 8:00am - March 27 4:30pm, 2020

Planned water main replacement will be taking place as follows:

-Windjammer Road between Isle View Lane and Spyglass Road

-March 9 to March 27, 2020 (estimated)

-8:00 am to 4:30 pm

This work will upgrade the Bluewater Park system by replacing a section of water main that is vulnerable to future failure with a 200 mm PVC water main (abandoning the old line) and relocating it to the high-side of the road.  This will improve the resiliency of the water distribution system.

Temporary water interruptions may occur while work is underway. Every effort will be made to minimize disturbances.

Single lane alternating traffic is expected. Please follow the directions of qualified traffic control personnel and/or construction signage on site.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause and appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to complete this important project to improve municipal water supply to Bluewater Park residents.

Questions? Please contact Public Works at 604-947-0613. 

Water Conditions

Drinking water and persons with compromised immune systems

January 1 - December 31, 2020

The Provincial Health Officer advises all British Columbians with compromised immune systems (such as HIV, organ or bone transplants, chemotherapy or medications that suppress the immune system) to avoid drinking water from any surface water or ground water that is under the influence of surface water, unless it has been boiled, filtered, distilled or treated with UV. Bowen Island and other areas in British Columbia use surface water sources (lakes, rivers, streams). This is not a general boil-water advisory for the general public, but rather is directed only at persons with compromised immune systems.  If in doubt about your immune system status, please discuss this further with your physician.

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Last Updated on 2017-05-08 at 12:46 PM