Water & Sewer
Water and Sewage System
The City's water distribution and sewage collection/treatment systems service the City of Fernie. In addition, the City provides water distribution services to West Fernie.
Work is well underway to develop a Liquid Waste Management Plan and successfully completed a secondary water source project, James White Wells, to meet the City's water demands, water quality and sewage treatment requirements for future years.
For more information on water services, sanitary and storm sewers please follow the links below:
- Sanitary Sewer
- Storm Sewer
- Sewage Treatment & Temporary Effluent Discharge to Elk River FAQs
- Temporary Effluent Discharge Public Notices
- Temporary Discharge FAQs
Liquid Waste Management Plan
The Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) is nearing completion and has been submitted to the BC Minister of Environment for approval. The plan was developed with input from the public, stakeholder groups, technical experts and City staff who worked closely with the Ministry of Environment. Once approved, the City will have a solid, legally binding plan for managing our liquid waste well into the future.
The City has committed to implementing 35 Action Items over the next 10 years. Take a look through the list to see what they are and the anticipated timelines.
For all the details check out the Newsletters and the Stage 1 and 2 Final Reports as well as the Stage 3 Draft report in the final stages of review and submission.
Water Quality (Turbidity)
The City of Fernie measures turbidity levels on an ongoing basis and publishes the Water Quality Ratings each day.
If you wish to receive automatic email updates on water quality please contact City Hall to register.
James White Wells - Secondary Water Source
The City of Fernie experiences water quality issues each year- typically during spring freshet between April and June, which potentially results in the need for residents to boil their drinking water before its consumption. The City is planning to use two new production wells installed within James White Park to provide safe drinking water quality throughout the year. The new wells are intended to be used for approximately three months (April through June) during the freshet and potentially on other occasions if the main source water quality becomes low. While in operation the well’s water will be extracted at a rate not to exceed 200 liters per second.
The project consists of two well houses in James White Park containing the new production wells, a well control facility located adjacent to the City of Fernie Main Sewage Lift Station in James White Park, and a new water main connecting the pumped water to the existing water system.
As per the City of Fernie’s notice on September 24, 2018, our Water Crew was commissioning and testing the James White Wells starting September 25th. Under the advice of our qualified professional consultant, this commissioning and testing period was extended to November 19th and has now concluded. We have resumed our regular drinking water operations.
The James White Wells provide our city with a safe secondary drinking water source when our primary source, Fairy Creek, is experiencing high turbidity or other water quality issues.
- The Interior Health Authority (IHA) regulates the permitting of the construction and operation of drinking water systems in the Southern Interior of BC
- IHA stipulates that safe drinking water, after treatment and disinfection, should normally produce a minimum chlorine residual of 0.2 mg/L
- Health Canada reports no harmful health effects in people who drink water with large concentrations (50 mg/L) of chlorine over short periods of time
- The concentration of residual chlorine in Fernie’s drinking water system, when using the Fairy Creek source ranges from 0.2 mg/L to 0.4 mg/L
- The concentration of residual chlorine in Fernie’s drinking water system, when using the James White Wells source ranges from 0.8 mg/L to 1.0 mg/L
If you’re interested in additional information on our water system, please contact us through the Request for Service