Water Information

TAKE THE 20% CHALLENGE

The 20% Challenge encourages efficiency in water usage, and recognizes that the responsibility for conservation is shared by businesses, residents, visitors and the District.  Help reduce our water consumption by 20% over last year!

By taking the Challenge, businesses,  residents, and visitors are encouraged to share their tips on social media using the hashtag #TofinoH2O and follow along on the Challenge page to track the community’s progress.


ANNUAL STAGE 1 WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT MAY 1 - OCTOBER 1

All visitors, businesses and residents of the District of Tofino are advised that Stage 1 water restrictions are in effect from May 1st to October 1st unless other stages take effect in the interim.

 


This page contains information regarding daily water flows, water sampling reports, and other important information related to the District of Tofino water supply.

See District of Tofino Water Use and Conservation Bylaw 1224, 2016 for:

  • Water Use Regulations
  • Water Conservation Stages 
  • Exemptions

Did you know? Stage 1 Water Conservation is implemented between May 1 and October 1 every year unless other Stages take effect in the interim.

How will I know if other Stages are in place? Notice of the further restrictions will be made by posting to the District website or by publication in a newspaper not less than 48 hours prior to the commencement of the restrictions.

See the District of Tofino Water Conservation Strategy.
See the District of Tofino Water & Wastewater Rate Review.

FAQ:

What is Stage 1?

During Stage 1:

Watering of lawns, gardens, trees and landscaped areas is restricted to use of a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off mechanism, hand-held canister, or use of a sprinkler or a drip irrigation system:

  1. Odd numbered civic addresses may water on Monday and Thursday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; and
  2. Even numbered civic addresses may water on Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

All other outdoor uses of water may only be undertaken with the use of containers or a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off mechanism.

What is Stage 2?

During Stage 2:

Outdoor watering of lawns, gardens, trees and landscaped areas is prohibited except for the watering of food plants by hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off mechanism or hand-held canister as follows:

  1. Odd numbered civic addresses may water on Monday and Thursday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; and
  2. Even numbered civic addresses may water on Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

All other outdoor use of water is prohibited except to the minimum extent to remove salt water and provide basic hygienic cleaning.

For clarity, filling or refilling of hot tubs is prohibited.

What is Stage 3?

During Stage 3:

All outdoor use of water is prohibited.  

What is Stage 4?

During Stage 4:

All outdoor use of water is prohibited.

Indoor use of water is restricted to drinking purposes and use for sanitation purposes.

 

Daily Water Consumption Rates:

The links below provide access to the daily water consumption rates, in cubic meters, for the Bay Street Pump House and the Ahkmahksis Water Treatment Plant by year and month. 

2019 2018 2017 2016

Please contact us for archived Water Consumption data. 

Tofino's Drinking Water System:

Tofino’s drinking water system is comprised five primary components: water sources, source reservoirs, water treatment, distribution, and potable water reservoirs. 

Water Sources

The District obtains its drinking water from four creeks located on Meares Island.

Source Reservoirs

Two creeks have reservoirs: Ahkmahksis Reservoir (23,000 m3) and Close Creek Dam (2,000 m3). These source reservoirs are intended to bridge the gap between the District’s demand for water and the volume available from the four creeks during dry conditions.

Treatment

The four creeks are piped into two treatment locations: Bay Street Chlorination Station and Ahkmahksis Water Treatment Plant. From this point on, the water is potable.

Distribution

The water is then distributed throughout the district through roughly 38 km of watermains.

Potable Water Reservoirs

The distribution system includes water storage at three potable water reservoirs: Stump Dump, DL 117, and Barrs Mountain. Altogether they store 7,400 m3. These reservoirs primarily provide storage to meet peak day demands, provide emergency storage, and meet fire flow demands. 

Water Sampling Results

All water suppliers in British Colombia are required to  monitor  water that reaches consumers for total coliform bacteria and Escherichia coli (E.coli) regularly. The monitoring is one part of a comprehensive approach to safe drinking water.

  • The presence of E. coli in a water sample indicates that bacteria capable of causing illness may be present in the water system. 
  • The presence of total coliform bacteria may indicate a breakdown in the treatment process, or growth in the distribution system.

View District of Tofino Water Sampling Reports