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Why is the Church Road well field not ready?

Global supply chain issues have delayed crucial equipment delivery for the well field.
N.Church Road drilled
A test well being drilled at the site where two production wells are being added in 2022.

As the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has started Stage 4 water restrictions for its Chapman Water System, some may be wondering why the Church Road well field isn't online yet, as had been hoped earlier this year

"Due to global supply chain issues, the computerized controller of the pumps and motors is currently in fabrication and is not expected to be delivered to the warehouse for factory testing until mid-November," SCRD manager of capital projects Stephen Misiurak's staff report to committee of the whole on July 14 said. "Therefore, pump start-up and commissioning of the water system including the WTP (water treatment plant) is projected to occur in December."

Regular updates are posted on and the website includes an opportunity for the public to ask questions and read responses to questions asked by others. Since mid-March more than two dozen inquiries have been posted and responded to.

“The project is currently still tracking to be completed within approved budget,” Misiurak wrote in his report to the committee.

Staff have been updating elected officials at the committee of the whole level since the $7.58 million well field construction project (a monitoring and two production wells) began in March. The third report to the committee back in July outlined that through August work at the site will include completion of the treatment plant building and the three watermains on Elphinstone Avenue. In-mid to late September a permanent on-site stand-by generator is to be installed.

The SCRD's Sept. 2 update says that paving of Elphinstone Ave. is to start Sept. 12.  

Another water situation update to elected officials is expected Sept. 8

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