No Change to Williston Reservoir
Water Comptroller Glen Davidson ( second from left) meet with industry and District reps , Deputy Water Comptroller Pieter Bekker Beside Mayor Pat Crook in grey shirt on right) – image courtesy District of Mackenzie
Mackenzie, B.C.- Having just celebrated its 50th birthday, there is now more cause for celebration in Mackenzie.
B.C.’s Water Comptroller has made a final decision on BC Hydro’s request to have more flexibility in the level of the water in the reservoir and to be able to reduce the level to 2140 feet above sea level if needed.
The Water Comptroller has decided the Williston Lake reservoir will continue to operate under the Peace Order Water Act of 2007, and there will be no change to the minimum operating level.
The Peace Order Water Act states the minimum level of the reservoir will remain 2147 feet above sea level.
That level is necessary for appropriate discharge of the District of Mackenzie’s treated effluent, and industry’s need to access log dumps and use barging systems. Even under that regulation, the reservoir can only be dropped below that level in the case of a major event such as dam failure, or, after giving six months notice to, and gaining approval from, the Comptroller of Water Rights.