tanksShortly after the Trincomali Sub-Division on Pender Island, BC was opened in 1968, the developer established ‘Pender Utilities’ which installed the original water system.  Connections to individual lots were made from the mains on payment of a ‘connection fee’  and water user fees were billed on a quarterly basis.  However, as the number of both full and part-time residents increased, the water system became progressively more inadequate, particularly in the dry summer months.

At a Trincomali Property Owners’ Association meeting in 1982, a vote of those present decided that an ‘Improvement District’ should be formed to manage the Trincomali water system.  Letters patent forming the ‘Trincomali Improvement District’ were issued on February 28, 1983 and five trustees were elected in time for the first Annual General Meeting in August, 1983.

Since the TID took over the water system in mid-1983 several improvements have been made.  The first of these was to install electric immersion pumps in all of our 6 wells.  This improved the general reliability of the water supply but with a couple of years of near drought and increasing numbers of both permanent and part-time residents, the district looked for ways of providing more water in the ‘dry’ season.  It was therefore decided to purchase a lot on Plumper Way and build a 300,000 imperial gallon reservoir to store some of the water which overflows from our wells in the winter.  The reservoir was completed in May, 1988, and has since been a great help in maintaining a basic water supply for essential domestic purposes through the ‘dry’ summer season. A second 200,000 imperial gallon reservoir was also built on this lot in 1998, giving us 1/2 million imperial gallons, or over 2 and ¼ millions litres of precious, potable water.

The well pumps feed water into the reservoirs, which is then pumped from the reservoirs through very fine filters and ultra-violet sterilization, into the water mains.  Water not consumed rises to fill four 10,000 US gallon storage tanks, located on a high point, on the left, just before you enter the sub-division.  These ‘header tanks’ provide the pressure (gravity feed), day and night, which is why our water supply is not interrupted during power outages.