Cultus Lake water now managed by FVRD

February 9, 2016

The Cultus Lake Park Board (CLPB) is working in partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) to manage a number of its services. The Regional District is already managing the Cultus Lake water system, and presented its plans for significant upgrades at two community meetings this week.

"Over the past year, the Cultus Lake Park Board has been working diligently to evaluate opportunities that will ensure a strong financial position for our community," says David Renwick, Chair of the CLPB. "By tapping into the experience and expertise of the FVRD, the Park Board will be a more efficient, cost-effective organization."

The Cultus Lake water system is over 50 years old and in need of significant upgrades. By integrating with the FVRD’s Parkview water system, residents and businesses will see notable improvements in water quality, system reliability and fire coverage. Upgrades to the integrated water system are expected to occur in 2017 with a projected cost of approximately $5 million. The FVRD currently manages 14 community water systems, including two water treatment plants, 16 water supply wells and 11 reservoirs.

"The Park Board does not have the same legislative standing as a local government. By partnering with the FVRD, the Board can access alternative funding sources for these kinds of large capital projects that would not otherwise be available," explains Renwick. "Cultus Lake and the FVRD are also looking into establishing a new advisory committee to specifically deal with land use matters at Cultus Lake and further use the FVRD technical resources for the betterment of our community".

With over 465 full time residences, 21 commercial businesses and Sunnyside campground with almost 600 campsites, Cultus Lake Park is one of the premier destinations in the Fraser Valley.