Water System

A Brief History

The Hedley water system was constructed in the early 1900s and maintained by the gold mining company that operated in Hedley.  The original system took water from Hedley Creek and used it for milling operations and for the residential and commercial occupants of the townsite.  In 1952, the mine was shutting down and turned the works over to the Hedley Improvement District, which was established under letters patent from the provincial government.

Around 1970, a flood wiped out the dam and the wood stave water lines from the creek.  The HID decided to drill wells, rather than trying to repair the damaged lines.  A test well was drilled at the site of the present pump house, and sufficient water was found to justify drilling a larger well.  In 2000, the HID built a new 100,000 gallon concrete reservoir on Hospital Hill to replace the aging wood stave tank that had served as a reservoir.  In 2002, a new well was built adjacent to the pump house.

Our  distribution system is comprised of older steel lines and newer PVC lines.  The Hedley Improvement District  has a long range plan to replace all of the older lines.

Water Quality

Hedley is fortunate to have extremely pure water from our deep wells and has not had to disinfect or chlorinate it.  The water is sampled every two weeks and sent to a certified laboratory for testing.  Interior Health puts water analysis reports online.  To view water sample analysis reports click here. You just need to type in Hedley where it asks for your city and then press the Enter key.

Water Conservation

To conserve water and to reduce pumping costs, the HID has imposed sprinkling restrictions for the period May through September.  Residents may operate sprinklers before noon and after 6 PM.  Sprinklers must not be left running all night.  Sprinkling restrictions do not affect vegetable and flower garden watering. You may water your garden as often as needed. However this must be done using a watering can or a hose with a spring-loaded, shut-off nozzle to reduce water waste. These restrictions have reduced summer consumption from over 500,000 gallons per month to under 300,000 gallons per month.

Water System Contractor

Richard Tarnoff is the Water Systems Operator for the Hedley Improvement District.  If you have any questions about the water system or if you are interested in employment opportunities, please contact Richard at otootski@gmail.com