Clearbrook Waterworks District turns 60

Award-winning water service celebrates 60 years of good water

Mayor Bruce Banman talks with community members at the 60th anniversary event for Clearbrook Waterworks District.

Mayor Bruce Banman talks with community members at the 60th anniversary event for Clearbrook Waterworks District.

Clearbrook Waterworks District (CWD) celebrated 60 years of good water on Monday, at the Garden Park Towers on Clearbrook Road.

The event was attended by staff, community members and Mayor Bruce Banman. Speeches were made by Peter Sawatzky, chairman of the board of trustees and Banman, who also marked the anniversary with a rendition of Happy Birthday to the CWD.

Carla Grunwald, CEO of the waterworks, said the anniversary is milestone, saying it has come along way since CWD was incorporated in 1953.

The district supplies potable water to over 14,400 users, from three operational production wells, in an area between Maclure Road and Peardonville Road. Besides upgrades to the water system, in 2013, CWD will being working on providing e-billiing and online account access.

Grunwald said the waterworks has great plans for the future, and is currently improving the reservior sites, constructing a new pump house and laying new water mains.

The district is consistently in the top five of the best tasting tap water in the world at the annual Berkeley Springs water tasting competition, and was the gold medal winner of the 2008 and 2009 awards.

Grunwald said CWD does a good job of managing the water, but due to the Abbotsford-Sumas aquifer, “we start with a really good source.”

“We’re pretty proud of our system.”