GovernanceThe Arrowsmith Water Service (AWS) is a joint venture that was formed to secure a bulk water supply from the Englishman River for the City of Parksville, the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Town of Qualicum Beach. The AWS water supply is intended to supplement existing supply sources owned and operated by the individual jurisdictions. The AWS is governed by appointed members from the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach councils and the board of the Regional District of Nanaimo.
The Town of Qualicum Beach will retain interest in the Arrowsmith Dam including the annual operations and maintenance but not in future capital works of the new water intake, treatment facility and aquifer storage and recovery wells. The Regional District of Nanaimo and the City of Parksville have formed the Englishman River Water Service (ERWS) joint venture as both need additional water intake capacity and improved surface water treatment and are therefore going forward with the proposed improvements.
In June 2011, the partners renewed a revised AWS joint venture agreement. The agreement now addresses governance and funding of the bulk water service without referencing participation in the next phase of capital infrastructure. This change addresses Qualicum Beach's interest in not wishing to cost share in the water intake, treatment plant and distribution infrastructure at this time.
Voting of the AWS management board follows a weighted vote system rather than a unanimous vote system to better reflect a governance model that is similar to a regional district governance structure.
Arrowsmith Water Service Joint Venture Agreement
- City of Parksville 63.9%
- Regional District of Nanaimo 22.4% (Nanoose 14.4%, French Creek 8.0%)
- Town of Qualicum Beach 13.7%
Englishman River Water Service Joint Venture Agreement
The Englishman River Water Service joint venture agreement describes the infrastructure (intake and treatment plant) that will be cost shared by its two joint venture participants, and contains language that gives the option for the Town of Qualicum Beach to join the agreement in the future. While the Town of Qualicum Beach would not be a signatory to the Englishman River joint venture agreement, under the AWS Agreement the town would have the option to "buy in" to this infrastructure at a future date. Qualicum Beach would have the right to do so due to the rights it possesses as a joint venture partner on the AWS water licence for the Englishman River and as joint owner of the Arrowsmith Lake dam and related infrastructure.
Englishman River Water Service joint venture agreement (percentages of interest).
- City of Parksville 74%
- Regional District of Nanaimo 26%