Union Bay Water pH 6.86

Had a conversation with a neighbour and we started discussing Union Bay Water, he thought the water was acidic so I went to get some answers.



Union Bay Water supply Langley Lake


The pH of pure water is 7. In general, water with a pH lower than 7 is considered acidic, and with a pH greater than 7 is considered basic. The normal range for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5, and the pH range for groundwater systems is between 6 to 8.5. The Canadian drinking water quality guideline for pH is an Aesthetic Objective (AO) of between 6.5 and 8.5. pH

UBID Web site Page 3  Certificate of Analysis May 2018  pH 6.86 ( thanks UBID Public Works Superintendant Dan McGill)

New info from June 2019 posted on Union Bay Improvment District web site Water Quality Report for 2018 Union Bay Improvement District’s Water System


Water with a low pH can be acidic, naturally soft and corrosive. … If your water is acidic (less than 7 pH) you may have problems with leaching of copper and lead from your plumbing.

Want to no more…..This fun video will cover information that you need to know about pH, Alkalinity, and Hardness

Now wasn’t that interesting….

Union Bay and Coronavirus Information

A new coronavirus (2019-nCov) is causing respiratory infections mostly in Hubei Province, China.


Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia:

“We are announcing a second presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus in B.C.

“The second person who tested positive is a woman in her 50s who resides in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Laboratory testing results returned positive from the BC Centre for Disease Control late Monday, Feb. 3, and samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for confirmation. Vancouver Coastal Health is undertaking a detailed case investigation and will follow up with each of her close contacts. The individual had close contact with family visitors from Wuhan city and is in isolation at home.

The most important thing you can do to prevent getting novel #coronavirus or other common illnesses like the #flu or cold is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face especially your nose, eyes, and mouth: ow.ly/NzNE50yfvka #2019nCoV


More Information

Visit these sites to learn more:
BC Centre for Disease Control
Public Health Agency of Canada
World Health Organization

Update February 6th 2020

British Columbia has two more presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the province to four.

“Further investigation within that household has identified that two people, who are both visitors from Hubei province, were in contact with the individual who was the case that we announced on Tuesday. These two visitors are a man and a woman in their 30s,” Henry said.

The three individuals are now in isolation at a home in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.



Union Bay understanding 4G Vs 5G

Simply said, 5G is widely believed to be smarter, faster and more efficient than 4G. It promises mobile data speeds that far outstrip the fastest home broadband network currently available to consumers. With speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, 5G is set to be as much as 100 times faster than 4G.

Is faster better, ask the snail…..

Hmmmm, that was technical, need to focus..

This is a little easier……

Union Bay and all that RAIN…..



VIDEO: Heavy rain on B.C. coast swells rivers, floods roads and forces evacuations

One of the residences of Union Bay asked if I new what the potable water turbidity level was, and I tried to get some answers.

First I tried the link to https://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/VIHA/VIHA_Website.nsf/Water-Samples-Frameset?OpenPageTest results.PNG

Water quality information

 Pam Kumar

Environmental Health Officer


355-11th Street, Courtenay, BC V9N 1S4
(250) 331-8586 7  (250) 331-8596

: http://www.viha.ca/mho/about/hpes/

Under the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and Regulation, Operating Permits are required for all drinking water systems serving anything other than a single-family dwelling. Drinking Water Officers (DWO) with Island Health work with prospective and existing water suppliers and monitor for compliance with this legislation.

Then https://union-bay.ca/water/ Under emergency response….NTU.PNG

The flow chart indicates a communication between the Heath officer and Union Bay Improvement District Public Works Superintendent….

What we know: The boil water notice has been issued due to unacceptable levels of turbidity.
The regulatory health standard for turbidity is 1 NTU or less.

Question to be answered:

What are the Turbidity test results now… Stay tuned as I make a few calls on Monday…

Update February 4th…

Talked to Ms. Kumar and she recommends talking to Dan McGill for updates as it is not posted on the UBID web site.

Public Works Superintendent Dan McGill 250-218-5127 (cell)


Union Bay Feels 4.8 Earthquake Today


Seismotectonics of Offshore British Columbia-Southeastern Alaska and Vicinity

The tectonics of the Pacific margin of North America between Vancouver Island and south-central Alaska are dominated by the northwest motion of the Pacific plate with respect to the North America plate at a velocity of approximately 50 mm/yr. In the south of this mapped region, convergence between the northern extent of the Juan de Fuca plate (also known as the Explorer microplate) and North America plate dominate. North from the Explorer, Pacific, and North America plate triple junction, Pacific:North America motion is accommodated along the ~650-km-long Queen Charlotte fault system. Offshore of Haida Gwaii and to the southwest, the obliquity of the Pacific:North America plate motion vector creates a transpressional regime, and a complex mixture of strike-slip and convergent (underthrusting) tectonics. North of the Haida Gwaii islands, plate motion is roughly parallel to the plate boundary, resulting in almost pure dextral strike-slip motion along the Queen Charlotte fault. To the north, the Queen Charlotte fault splits into multiple structures, continuing offshore of southeastern Alaska as the Fairweather fault, and branching east into the Chatham Strait and Denali faults through the interior of Alaska. The plate boundary north and west of the Fairweather fault ultimately continues as the Alaska-Aleutians subduction zone, where Pacific plate lithosphere subducts beneath the North America plate at the Aleutians Trench. The transition is complex, and involves intraplate structures such as the Transition fault. The Pacific margin offshore British Columbia is one of the most active seismic zones in North America and has hosted a number of large earthquakes historically. https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us60007f42/region-info