Water Treatment Plant Update
March 11, 2019
UBID is preparing to move forward with construction of a new water treatment plant to meet current water quality standards and deliver clean, safe and reliable water to our residents. A project update is provided here . Answers to some common questions may be found here . Updates will be posted under “Water” (top menu) as the work proceeds.
Fire Department - Burning Advisory
The Union Bay Fire Rescue would like to remind residents and land owners that B.C. Wild Fire Services continues to ban open burning.
As of July 2, 2019, B.C. Wild Fire Services is permitting campfires within the Coastal Fire Protection Area. A campfire is defined as .5 m x .5 m in size. That said, fire ban restrictions change based on weather and fire hazard conditions. Prior to burning, individuals must determine if fires are currently permitted and venting indexes are acceptable. This information can be found at the following website https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions
Unattended campfires have caused some of the most destructive wildfires in BC. If you are going to have a campfire please adhere to the following safety requirements:
- Have a hand tool and at least eight litres of water available to properly extinguish your campfire.
- Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.
- Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.
- Maintain a fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- Ensure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cool to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
To report an abandoned campfire, wildfire or open burning violation, call 911 or 1 800 663-5555 (*5555 on a cellphone)
The Union Bay Fire Rescue would also like to encourage residents and landowners to review BC Forest Service’s the Homeowners Fire Smart Manual. This manual provides practical strategies for reducing the hazards of wildfires. The manual can be easily downloaded from the following website. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/homeowner-firesmart.pdf
During these times of higher fire risk, the Union Bay Fire Rescue Service appreciates the understanding and cooperation of the community.
A reminder that we are looking for more volunteer fire fighters. if you are interested, please contact UBID Fire Chief at 250-335-335-2345 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meter Boxes & Addresses– It is the homeowner’s responsibility and benefit from both an emergency and safety perspective to ensure the meter box is clear of debris. Additionally, please ensure house address numbers are clearly visible to our Public Works and Fire Department staff for both maintenance and emergency response.