- For the C-BC-MRIF Grant, the District is required to:
- document the nature and extent of individual failures;
- meet the minimum 25 percent failure rate:
- However, the District has never done this. The District has insufficient data with which to calculate what percentage of wells have failed. No comprehensive study has *ever* been completed to include all properties, nor all *domestic* wells used.
- Existing hydrogeological reports state that there are "no health concerns indicated for the Senanus Peninsula Aquifer." ]
When asked at Council meetings "Where exactly are the wells that have run dry?" CSWVA president responds stating: "A number of people have spoken up at Council meetings and to the press. No lists have been kept, as people are sensitive about this." Additionally, Senanus residents refuse to allow testing of their wells:
- One Senanus resident sued Central Saanich for the right to subdivide, and indicated in this BC Supreme Court case that well logs showed there was substantial water. (See page 12 at the following link).
- CSWVA President Frank Towler has produced well logs from one property on Senanus Drive, ostensibly as evidence for the entire aquifer- the BC Ministry of Environment observation well #333. It is noted that of the three wells on the property at 617 Senanus, as listed in the BC Ministry of Environment well records below, the well chosen for the observation well #333, in order to supply records for the Senanus water issue, is one of the lowest producing wells on the property:
- Provincial well records for 617 Senanus Drive:
- TOTAL Well output per hour for 617 Senanus drive: 3519.5 litres per hour.
- The above three wells produce, respectively,1.5, 2, and 12 Gallons per minute - This works out to 15.5 gallons per minute, which is 930 Gallons per hour. This works out to just over 3,520 litres per hour. Environment Canada states that Canadians use water on average, at a rate of 329 litres per person per day. Therefore the 84,480 litres these three wells produce would be enough to satisfy 256 people per day, at Environment Canada rates. BC Living WaterSmart: "The average adult drinks only about 1.5 litres of water per day, and that includes water used in drinks such as coffee, tea, and juice."
- There are 21 homes on Senanus drive."Many of the homes on Senanus Drive are "modest," many have only 1 resident, others 2, and some are occupied during the summer and believe it or not many have low flush toilets and showerheads." G.Denford
- Available Ministry of Environment well data seems to demonstrate adequate amounts of water on Senanus. Images of Senanus real estate show many swimming pools, bathrooms, spas, hot-tubs, and extensive intensive development of grounds, gardens, lawns, man-made water features, etc.
- Over-use of well water was repeatedly cited in professional reports to the District. This "overpumping" could easily cause purported “salt water intrusion, ” particularly in the absence of aquifer recharge.