Water Information

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

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.

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.

 See District of Tofino Water Use and Conservation Bylaw 1224, 2016 for information about the following:

  • Water Use Regulations
  • Water Conservation Stages 
  • Exemptions

Daily Water Flow Rates

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

2018

2017

2016

Please contact us for archived Water Consumption data. 

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

Interpreting Sample Reports

Results of  drinking water sampling are reported using the following coding system:

  • L1    Less than 1 (no detectable bacteria) – Meaning: No bacteria present
  • OG   Overgrown – Meaning: Too many background bacteria to give an accurate count
  • EST  Estimated Count 
    and
  • A      Sample not tested; Too long in transit
  • C      Sample leaked/broken in transit
  • D      Sample not tested; No collection date given
  • T      Sample submitted unsatisfactory. Exceeded   30  hours holding time, please resample.
  • NS   No sample received with requisition 

If you have questions or want more information regarding your water system, call your local Environmental Health Office.