Update on the transfer of Sun Peaks Utilities’ Ownership to Sun Peaks Municipality and Transfer of the Gas Utility to Resort Gas Ltd.

The Alternative Approval Process review period has concluded and the Sun Peaks Municipality (SPMRM) has passed the required bylaw(s) and sent them to the Provincial Ministry for approval. While the SPMRM awaits final approval of the Province, planning is proceeding to finalize the purchase of Sun Peaks Utilities Co. Ltd by SPMRM.

Prior to the purchase by SPMRM of ownership of the water and sewer utility, it is proposed to transfer the gas utility to a newly incorporated wholly owned subsidiary of SPR LLP, called Resort Gas Utility. In order for these transactions to occur, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) requires that Sun Peaks Utilities’ gas customers be notified of the proposed changes in ownership of the gas utility and be granted an opportunity to comment.

A copy of the application and various submissions are posted under ‘Gas Tariff & Rates’ tab on our website at www.sunpeaksutilities.com.  A copy of the BCUC Decision and Regulatory Hearing Dates can be found in the September 2017 Newsletter under the ‘Newsletter’ Tab.

Letters of comment must be in the Letter of Comment Form available on the BCUC’s website at http://www.bcuc.com/RegisterLetter-of-Comment.aspz, and submitted by email to commission.secretary@bcuc.com or by mail, courier or personal delivery to the

British Columbia Utilities Commission, Suite 410 – 900 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2N3

A copy of your submission should also be sent to Sun Peaks Utilities at info@sunpeaksutilities.com.

If you have any questions regarding this hearing process please contact the BC Utilities Commission at commission.secretary@bcuc.com or by phone at 1-800-663-1385.

Annual Water Main & Hydrant Flushing Program – June to August 2017

Starting in Mid-June, Sun Peaks Utilities will proceed with flushing of all town water lines between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm as time allows. This flushing program will continue for 6 to 8 weeks.

Sun Peaks Utilities' crews flushing hydrants

Sun Peaks Utilities’ crews performing annual hydrant flushing

Why is flushing important?

Flushing is a method of cleaning the water main pipes by forcing water through them at high speed and discharging it through hydrants, which are left open until the water runs clear.  This fast-moving water flow scours and cleans out mineral deposits and sediment that have built up over time and settled at the bottom of the pipes.

During water main flushing…Residents may experience a temporary discolouration of water while the water main is being flushed.   Any disruption should be short-lived.  To reduce sediment entering your home, follow these steps;

  • Avoid turning on your taps or flushing your toilet during the hours of flushing. This could draw sediment into the water pipes on your property, water meter, hot water tank and into water filters (if you have them).
  • Turn off all time-delayed water line appliances
  • Store a sufficient reserve of drinkable water for use during the above hours. Your water will still be safe for consumption, however, may have an unpleasant taste and/or odour.

When water main flushing is completed…

  • Remove aerators (sink/tap screens) from taps and rinse them out. If the aerator is covered in white minerals (calcium carbonate), soak the screen in pickling vinegar for 10 to 20 minutes and rinse before reinstalling the screens. You can also use white vinegar or products like CLR to clean the screen,
  • Turn on your cold water at the tap located nearest your property’s water meter/shut-off and let it run for a minimum of 10 minutes or until it runs clear,
  • Place the aerators back on all taps, and
  • If you ran water during the flushing process you may have to repeat the above steps for all taps, toilets and hot water tanks in your home until the sediments clears up and the water runs clear.   Remember, your water will still be safe for consumption.

For further inquiries, email info@sunpeaksutilities.com or phone the office at 250-578-5490 (press 1) during regular business hours.

Annual Propane Plant Emergency Response Drill – Now Oct 18, 2017

Due to the wild fires and its impact on some of our partners, we have elected to delay this exercise to October 18, 2017.  More information will be posted closer to the date.

CANCELLED – On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, FortisBC will be conducting an emergency training exercise with Sun Peaks Utilities, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality, Sun Peaks Fire and Rescue, RCMP, & Superior Gas.

  • The exercise will involve a simulated emergency and no significant interruptions to residents and the public are expected.
  • Residents may see fire trucks, ambulance, and police vehicles at or around the Sun Peaks’ Propane Plant on Industrial Way. Signs will be posted indicating that this emergency training exercise is in progress.
  • This exercise is important to test emergency response procedures at the Propane Gas Storage Facility in the event they are required to protect public safety and property.
  • Please obey all signage, emergency personnel and slow down as you travel past the gas plant to the TNRD Waste Transfer Site.

For more information about this exercise, call us at the Utilities office at 250-578-5490 and press 1 or via email at info@sunpeaksutilities.com.

THANK YOU! – We would like to thank all the volunteers who are attending this exercise including those that will be manning the Municipality’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).   The more we practice, the better we will all be, if there is an emergency. 

If you would like to learn more or volunteer in the future, please contact the Sun Peaks Municipality at 250-578-2020 for more information.

Welcome To Sun Peaks Utilities

Please check the community announcements below for important updates on your essential services.

Winter Safety Reminder: The winter season is in full swing and we would like to remind you and your guests to keep Gas Winter Safety in mindSnow and Ice build-up can keep your gas meter set from working properly, so remember to keep your meter free of both.  Please ensure that snow is not shoveled or piled on the meter sets when clearing decks, walkways and driveways.

Why is it so important to keep your meter clear? – Accumulated snow places stress on your meter piping – damage to the piping can cause a gas leak. Blocked vents in your Gas Meter Set may result in abnormal pressure, affect appliance operation, and interrupt service. A cover such as a single full sheet of plywood placed at a 45o angle over the meter set can deflect snow and ice while still allowing access to the meter.  This simple precaution may prevent a hazardous situation.

Keeping your meter clear permits easy access and enables quick and accurate readings.  Knowing that we read meters the last week of each month will make it easy for you to plan to double check and clear any obstructions.  We appreciate your help to keep the route to the meter set clear and safe for our meter readers.

If you are not sure on how to safely clear your meter, please contact the Utility at 250-578-5490 or 250-319-0629 and we would be pleased to advise you at no charge.  If necessary, Sun Peaks Utilities will clear meters of ice, snow or other materials.  The Gas Tariff’s Terms and Conditions do allow a charge for this work to be added to your monthly Utility bill.  The charge for the first time this work is required during a one-year period is $50 and each additional time is $100.

Remember that gas is a safe commodity if treated properly.  If you do smell gas (rotten egg smell) in your home, please leave and call 250-319-0629 or 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so.

Fire Hydrant Reminder – In the winter, the Utility arranges to have snow cleared around hydrants.  The Utility also requests that you do not fill in this cleared area with snow moved from your driveway or other areas on your property.   A one meter clearance around the hydrant allows firefighters the room they need to work.

Please note you may not park within 6 meters of a fire hydrant under the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality, Bylaw 0009, Section 3 (1) which states a person must not park any vehicle (a.) within six (6) m of a fire hydrant, measured from a point in the curb (or where there is not curb, the edge of the roadway) which is closest to the fire hydrant.

If you have any questions or concerns about a fire hydrant located near your property, please contact the Utility at 250-578-5490 (press 1) or the Sun Peaks Fire Department at 250-578-8985.

Sun Peaks Utilities Co. provides water, sewer and gas service to the community of Sun Peaks Resort, B.C. The resort covers an approximate 200 hectare area 45 minutes drive north of Kamloops, east of Barrier and west of Chase.

The Utility services a population base of up to 10,000 residents and visitors. The Water and Gas Utilities’ rates are regulated by the Comptroller of Water Rights and the BC Utilities Commission respectively. While the Wastewater (sewer) Utility’s rates are not regulated, the Utility follows the same rules as the Water Utility’s regulator.

For more information on the specific utility, please click on the appropriate headings shown to the left of this screen or contact the office at 250-578-5490 or contactinfo@sunpeaksutilities.com

Important Reference Documents

Emergency Supplies Checklist

Sun Peaks Emergency & General Contact Numbers

Sun Peaks Developers Package
(Good for builders, developers & Homeowners)

Wiring Your New Home Guide

What can I pour down the drain at home?

Carbon Monoxide Awarenewss

British Columbia Carbon Tax

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