Who We Are 2018-06-22T17:30:23+00:00

TRUSTEES

The District’s trustees are elected officials who serve a three year term on behalf of the District ratepayers. Elections take place at the Annual General Meeting – usually held in April of each year.

To be eligible as a nominee candidates must be a Canadian Citizen, 18 years of age or older, an owner of land in the North Salt Spring Waterworks District whose account is in good standing, and entitled to be registered as a voter under the Elections Act. Trustees are elected by the ratepayers of the District who are present at the Annual General Meeting to represent them and make decisions on their behalf for a term of three years.

Trustees receive a small honorarium for their services which include; attending one or more monthly Trustees meetings, reviewing staff and/or consultants reports and customer correspondence prior to meetings, serving on working groups with staff, and sometimes representing the District at various government and special interest group meetings about the island. The time commitment can vary from a few hours per month to several hours a week or more.

To learn more about how Improvement Districts are run, the responsibilities of a Trustee and what a Trustee does please refer to the Improvement District Trustee’s Handbook. If you’re interested in becoming a Trustee come to our meetings and see what we do and visit our Becoming a Trustee page.

Marshall Heinekey MBA, AScT

Chairman

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Les Howell

Trustee

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Robert Steinbach, B.Arch, MBA, CFA

Vice Chairman

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Michael McAllister

Trustee

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Chris Dixon

Trustee

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STAFF

Our 13 staff members are all full time paid employees.

All operating staff comply with the certification requirements of the Environmental Occupation Certification Program (EOCP).

Ron Stepaniuk, WD-III,WT-II

District Manager

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Meghan McKee, BSc, WT-II, MWWT-I

Environmental Manager

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Tammy Lannan

Accounting Clerk

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Ken Roggeman

Office Manager/Financial & Corporate Officer

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Tandy Cudmore

Receptionist/Billing Clerk

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OPERATIONS CREW

Our 13 staff members are all full time paid employees.

All operating staff comply with the certification requirements of the Environmental Occupation Certification Program (EOCP).

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WATER QUANTITY

In 2012 NSSWD distributed just over 117.4 million imperial gallons (533,711 cubic metres) of water to its customers. We have been planning and investigating future needs of our clients in concert with the island growth.

In the fall of 2009 we initiated a dialogue with our customers with plans to increase the height of the Duck Creek Weir located off Tripp Road.
Duck Creek Weir

Duck Creek Weir

Duck Creek Weir

The additional height of 0.3m (12 inches) to a total of 41m above sea level would allow the capture of more than 117 million imperial gallons (533 million liters) of water.

This will provide a greater safety margin for our fish habitat and our customers during unusually dry summers.

Hydrology Studies – Review & Analysis

(November 2014) In 2013, the North Salt Spring Waterworks District commissioned a review and update of the available capacity of Maxwell and St Mary Lakes – the island’s two largest potable water sources. The preliminary results of the hydrology studies and water budgets have raised serious concerns about the amount of water available. Over the next six months (or more), we will be reviewing the final reports and completing a demand analysis based on our current commitments. Further, we will be working with other agencies, including the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Agency (SSIWPA), the Islands Trust, the CRD, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, to assess the impact of the findings on our district and community.

These reports will play an integral part in assisting other agencies understanding of our island’s water resources. These studies, and the time needed to complete them, are of vital importance to the District and the community as a whole.

However, until this review and analysis process is completed the District will not be approving any additional connections other than for those that have paid capital expenditure charges on a lot and are already on the District’s parcel tax roll. Once the review step has been completed, we will be in a position to advise potential new customers whether or not we are able to add them to our service. When completed, next year, the reports will be available on this website.