Current Project Status
Well 6, which is located at the west end of Oceanmount Boulevard, was first drilled in summer 2019 as part of the Aquifer Service Expansion project.
Subsequently, testing has shown that this well could be the largest producing of the Town’s wells, at an estimated 1,900 cubic metres per day.
In August 2021, the Town received a Conditional Water License from the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) which grants the Town permission to connect Well 6 to our water distribution system.
Currently, the Town is licensed to divert a maximum quantity of 739,530 cubic metres of water annually from the Gibsons Aquifer. The addition of Well 6 enables the Town to more effectively deliver some of that water to residents in Upper Gibsons, while adding a backup water source in case one of our other wells needs to be temporarily taken offline.
In June 2022, following some design adjustments to the pumphouse to address neighbourhood concerns and archaeological monitoring of the site, construction began. The pumphouse is expected to be commissioned in fall 2022.
On February 15, 2022, the contract for Groundwater Well 6 was awarded to Industra Construction Corp in the amount of $1,168,656 + GST, and the engineering and contract administration was awarded to Urban Systems in the amount not to exceed $118,064. Read the related Staff Report here.
Additionally, Staff agreed to work with neighbouring residents of the project to mitigate the well’s impact on the surrounding area as much as reasonably possible.
Residents’ Online Meeting:
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
On Tuesday, March 8th an online meeting was held to discuss the integration of Well 6 into the Town’s water services infrastructure and possible steps that could be taken to mitigate the impact of the well on neighbouring residents. The meeting was attended by 24 people, including three staff members.
Residents’ In-Person Meeting:
Monday, March 14, 2022
On Monday, March 14, 2022, an in-person meeting to discuss the construction of the Well 6 pumphouse was held at the well’s location (the west end of Oceanmount Blvd.)
The meeting was attended by about 12 residents, as well as three Town Councillors, the Town’s CAO, and other staff members.
Feedback from residents was collected at the meeting, and revised drawings of the pumphouse, which reflect that feedback, are expected to be completed in early April 2022. They will be posted on this webpage when available.
Open House: Oceanmount Well 6 Pumphouse
Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 7pm
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 474 South Fletcher Road
An Open House to answer residents’ questions about the construction of a building to house “Well 6” was held Thursday, May 5th at 7pm in Council Chambers at Town Hall.
Presentation boards showing the revisions that were made to the initial structural designs were posted and a “Frequently Asked Questions” handout was available. In addition, Town staff were present to answer questions.