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The majority of the City of Campbell River receives its water from a watershed comprising John Hart, McIvor, Lower Campbell, Upper Campbell and Buttle Lakes as well as many streams and creeks. The Main Water System supply, from John Hart Lake, is transferred through three B.C. Hydro penstocks from the John Hart dam and diverted into the City’s main water supply lines. The City also takes water directly from John Hart Lake, independent of the BC Hydro penstocks, through a submerged intake line near the Snowden Forest Pump Station. This source provides water to the Gordon Road and Snowden Forest areas as well as providing untreated water to the PRT Nursery and a small number of other properties.

MONITORING

Campbell River’s drinking water source has traditionally been reliable and of high quality. Water originating from John Hart Lake may be characterized as being very soft, low in dissolved minerals and of low alkalinity. Turbidity, suspended solids and colour are all low. Raw water is tested and analyzed regularly to ensure that the source water meets the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for drinking water use.

PROTECTION

The City strives to protect its water sources. Watershed protection will ensure safe, high quality water and limit water treatment costs. In 2001, the John Hart Watershed was designated as a community watershed under the Forest Practices Code. In the same year, the City completed a Watershed Management Plan to provide policy direction for managing the watershed for the benefit of the community through risk assessment and remediation identification. The City is currently updating the Watershed Management Plan and expects to have it finalized in 2014. A Technical Watershed Committee of watershed stakeholders was established in 2004 with the responsibility of identifying issues and making recommendations for the watershed, aiding in reviewing technical information, and developing best management practices for all activities in the watershed.

Source: City of Campbell River

Watershed Data:

WS_Area
1733.35258843918
Rob_WS_ID
87
OBJECTID
90
Area_km2
1733.35258844
MIN_Elev
2
MAX_Elev
2195
MEDIAN_Elev
702
Mean_Lowland
11.2317943515
MEAN
47.3015924209
North
529.909375
East
447.241875
South
332.685625
West
423.53875
Elev_0_300_m
407.32875
Elev_300_900_m
632.865625
Elev_900_m
693.18125
Karst_km3
43.8531546869
Karst_Percent
2.52996158885178
Lake_Watershed_Area
1662.45461071
Lake_Watershed_Percent
95.9097774911562
Karmutzen_softer_harder_bedrock
59.6585514057092
Erodible_Harder_Bedrock
59.6585514057092
Stream_Order
7
First_Second_B_Ratio
2.23052157115261
Mean_of_all_B_Ratio
1.8384749719117
Total_Length_of_Streams_KM
3513.9685
Drainage_Density
2.02726699889867
Main_Channel_Mean_Slope
4.621857
Basin_Length_KM
64.107
Form_Factor
0.421789877141204
Shape__Area
4157772646.88281
Shape__Length
512046.459000142
fid
33