Small Water Purveyor Solutions

Small Water Purveyor Solutions

The Regional District of Nanaimo held their annual Water Purveyor Working Group (WPWG) workshop on Thursday January 30, 2020. MSR’s Todd Adamsson and Karl WIlliaume were on hand to give a presentation on leak detection/water theft and grant opportunities.

The WPWG aims to assist small water purveyors by providing networking and educational opportunities. As MSR Solutions specializes in small water systems, having Todd and Karl there was a good fit.

MSR Solutions currently supplies their clients with the following: source water assessment and protection, treatment and distribution design, construction coordination and oversight, and ongoing operations consultation. We also offer complimentary services for developments, including onsite sewage treatment, storm water management and civil design.

Todd Adamsson and Karl Williaume

MSR’s Todd Adamsson has a pragmatic approach to water system design by installing, operating and troubleshooting a wide variety of systems drawing from the full gamut of sources including rainwater, seawater, groundwater and surface water. In addition to new builds and upgrades, his MSR clients rely on his chemical engineering expertise to find practical solutions to maintain high water quality as source characteristics change, demand increases, and equipment ages.

Fellow presenter, was Karl Williaume, a professional engineer with a decade of experience designing water and wastewater infrastructure in western Canada. He takes pride in bringing a hands-on, innovative approach to the design process, providing value to clients with practical, optimized solutions. He enjoys a healthy mix of field work and office work, and regularly seeks input from contractors and operators to keep his designs grounded in the practical realities of system operation.

The MSR Solutions, solution

MSR Solutions and their staff are available to assist with your questions and concerns. We’d be happy to assist you with your small water purveyor solutions. MSR is also represented on the WEF Small Communities Committee, as well as the BCWWA, where Mike Seymour, owner of MSR, is President. See our Services page for more in depth information on what MSR can do for you.

Malahat Forest Estates

Malahat Forest Estates

You’ll find Malahat Forest Estates on a picturesque mountain above the Malahat (HWY 1) on Vancouver Island. The first phase of the development is for 18 homes, three of which are acreages. In total, 84 new homes planned for the development. MSR Solutions was brought in to assist with wastewater treatment and water treatment.

Ownership and operation of the utilities will be by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (CVRD). The utilities have been commissioned and accepted by CVRD Operations. CVRD Engineering sign off for the removal of a No Build covenant was conditional on commissioning of the water and sewer utilities.

Wastewater Treatment

MSR Solutions reviewed the original design for Malahat Forest Estates and updated the design to include and service the first 18 homes.

  • MSR submitted a Sewerage System Regulation filing for the treatment and disposal system.
  • Supply and delivery of the mechanical components of the Membrane BioReactor (MBR) system was coordinated by MSR Solutions.
  • Three effluent disposal fields were constructed.
  • MSR Solutions conducted field reviews during installation of the treatment plant and disposal fields.
  • MSR Solutions conducted system testing, sensor calibration, and final commissioning.

Water Treatment

  • The water system had been substantially completed in 2014.
  • MSR tested and commissioned the system, including disinfection of the treatment and distribution systems, calibrating sensors, and programming the monitoring system.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

The owners of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Bedwell Sound approached MSR Solutions early in 2018. MSR did an assessment on one of their wastewater treatment system, a rotating biological contactor (RBC). There were several components that were not functioning properly. MSR Solutions identified those and with the site staff, coordinated the procurement of spares and replacement parts. We also assessed their disposal field at that time.

We were then asked to do a complete inspection of the water and wastewater treatment. MSR has completed their preliminary assessment and scheduled to do a more in-depth assessment with the intention to design a  new water treatment and water distribution system.

In addition, there will be upgrading to two wastewater treatment systems, one for staff and one for guests.

There are two wells on site at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, which is located near Tofino, BC. Only one is being used at the moment. They are in a gravel, unconfined aquifer which is groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GWUDI).

The water is moderately hard and the well pumps to a reservoir on a hill above the facility. Then gravity feeds the water distribution system to both staff and guest accommodation. We are proposing a water treatment system that involves filtration down to one micron and disinfection. We will be including cartridge filtration, UV disinfection, and residual chlorination.

This is an ongoing project with a completion date set for mid 2019.


Pete’s Lake Service Community

Pete’s Lake Service Community

The Pete’s Lake project is for 70 water connections for approximately 400 residents. They have no central power source and are somewhat isolated. This low density development area can only be accessed by passenger ferry. Their current water system is inexpensive; but not without its own set of problems. MSR Solutions was brought in to discuss upgrading the system with an eye on long term usage.

The residents of Pete’s Lake have been faced with a long standing boil water advisory and there is some controversy over the use of chlorine. Their original system was gravity fed and much of it is on private property with no easement. Difficulties arose with above ground pipes freezing in the winter, overheating in the summer, and being damaged by falling trees.

MSR Solutions proposed an anchored intake pipe. We also suggested to retain the current system for irrigation and fire suppression; with protection from freezing temperatures.

MSR Solutions is currently looking for the best approach to freeze-proof the existing system. Funding still needs to be determined as well as formal Society and VIHA approval. Several upgrades were proposed including rainwater collection, private wells, a UF package plant and a conventional water plant, as stand alone and as dual distribution.

Lodgepole Road

Lodgepole Road

The Lodgepole Road wastewater treatment plant is located in the Stonebridge Development in Mill Bay, BC. MSR Solutions is working with the Limona Group on this project.

MSR is developing and designing a new water system for this project. This water system will provide up to 150 units of water capacity for the future Stonebridge Development on Lodgepole Road.

We continue to work with Limona and the Mill Bay water district. The goal is to create conditions that makes use of smaller wells and smaller flows. These will combine to create development capacity for the entire Stonebridge Development.

Creative Solutions

MSR works closely with Limona to provide creative solutions in water capacity, for Stonebridge, as well as for the entire community of Mill Bay. When this project is complete, it will benefit the Stonebridge subdivision and also allow for the Lodgepole Road development of ten new units. This part of the project should be completed in late 2019.

October 2018

Millstream Industrial Park

Millstream Industrial Park

Multiple Projects

Millstream Industrial Park is a business and industrial complex located at the border of Langford and Millstream, BC on Millstream Road. MSR Solutions Inc. has been involved in various civil engineering projects in Millstream Industrial Park since 2014. The projects includes a wide range of topics.

MSR Solutions assisted with storm water management. MSR create flow structure design and construction admiration for Pond #1 as well as a flood analysis for Pond #2. Watermain expansion was one of the projects where we supplied design and construction administration.

The Millstream Industrial Park also need cross control locations at various locations on the site. MSR Solutions worked with the developer to achieve this. Storm water quality analysis and management was also needed on various locations throughout the site and included oil/water separators assessment as well as improvements

This is an ongoing project that MSR Solutions is proud to be a part of.


MSR has been our project engineer of choice since the early stages of the Millstream Industrial Park water line development. They helped ensure we were compliant with local bylaws and CRD Water standards in order to bring our private domestic water distribution system into our 70 acre industrial park. This private water system supplies domestic water to our clients. In addition, they’ve also engineered drainage and fire protection systems.
Working with MSR Solutions makes my job easier. They are readily available to discuss our current upgrades and needs. Everyone at MSR is friendly, professional and they give prompt service, which is very important in my industry. I highly recommend working with them.

Andy Wells – President – Millstream Industrial Park