What is the St. John's Regional Water Services Committee?
The Regional Water Services Committee oversees the water services for the region of St. John's, Mount Pearl, Paradise, Portugal Cove - St. Philip's, and Conception Bay South. The Committee consists of the Mayor and Council of the City of St. John's, and the Mayors of the City of Mount Pearl, the Town of Paradise, the Town of Conception Bay South, and the Town of Portugal Cove - St. Philip's. There is a Technical Sub-Committee of the Regional Water Services Committee, which also includes Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador.
Where does my household water come from?
Bay Bulls Big Pond (BBBP) provides the entire water supply for Mount Pearl, Paradise, Conception Bay South, Portugal Cove - St. Philip's, and a large portion of the water supply for St. John's. The rest of St. John's supply is provided by Windsor Lake, which is managed solely by the City of St. John's.
Why have we had water bans?
The volume of water that can be produced by the Regional Water System can be affected by several factors, including water levels and operational issues at the treatment plant.
Many things come into play when it comes to water levels - how much snow we had in winter, how much rain we have in the spring and summer, evaporation, and the ability of our soil to retain water, not to mention residential and commercial demand.
It is also possible for situations to develop in the mechanical, electrical or treatment processes in the treatment plant that make it difficult for the Regional Water System to supply peak demand.
How does the Region ensure that there is adequate supply?
Significant planning has been undertaken with respect to the Regional Water System. The Region has retained engineering consultants who have provided infrastructure and supply management recommendations, taking into consideration the effect that increased population and new development will have on the issue of supply and demand.
Studies have concluded that with the proposed developments and continued water conservation efforts on the part of residents and businesses, the Region will be able to meet demand well into the future. The infrastructure developments at Bay Bulls Big Pond will increase the peak demand capacity at that facility by 20,000,000 litres per day. As well, construction has started to bring at Petty Harbour Long Pond on- stream to serve St. John's in 2013, which will provide approximately 15,000,000 litres per day. Other sources such as Broad Cove River have also been identified and are being protected through the control of development.