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There are about 250 Improvement Districts in B.C. They’re located in rural areas and provide local services. Ships Point Improvement District (SPID) covers approximately 300 households and provides water management and fire protection on Ships Point. It’s located within the boundary of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). The CVRD provides regional services such as building inspections, regional parks maintenance, road maintenance, and land-use control.

Fire Danger

Fire Danger
Fire Status

Water Conservation Stage

Water Restriction

Emergency Contacts

For water issues call:
Dave Shepherd
Mike Mesford
Dave Henderson
For fire or medical emergencies call 911.
Local responders will be dispatched by 911 operators as appropriate.


Check out what’s happening at the Fanny Bay Hall!
Board of trustee meetings are held monthly. Please call the office to confirm the date and time of the next meeting.


(What's SPID?)

Water Conservation Stage 2 Guidelines now in effect

Temperatures soared in July and August, and the last several months have seen scant rainfall. SPID trustees and water operators have been monitoring our water system, as well as provincial drought and wildfire conditions. The province has classified East Vancouver Island at drought level 4, or Extremely Dry. Under extended hot, dry conditions, it is important that we preserve aquifer levels in case of fire here on the Point or in neighbouring communities with whom we have mutual aid fire agreements. Other Island water districts have also recently raised their conservation levels.

As a result, SPID is implementing Stage 2 water conservation guidelines.

Outdoor watering is now restricted to a maximum of 3 hours per day between the hours of 7:00 pm and 10:00 am. Hand watering should be done using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device.

(Vegetable gardens, fruit trees and newly planted lawns are exempt from all restrictions.)

Water is a precious resource for all of us, please do your share to help conserve. Thank you for your cooperation.
Posted 17/08/18

Hydroseeding Aftercare

Our contractor has completed the hydroseeding of boulevards around Ships Point that were affected by the Phase 2 water main installation. It is now everyone’s responsibility to care for the grass seed to ensure it establishes. Here are some tips for caring for your newly-seeded boulevard:


Newly-seeded grass needs to be kept moist in order to germinate. For the first week, sprinkle twice a day. While you want enough water to soak into the soil, do not allow water to puddle around the seeds. When grass has appeared, you can cut back to 1” (2.5 cm) of water per week (you can macgyver a temporary rain gauge out of a shallow can to monitor how much water has been given). Set a timer to avoid over-watering. For any areas that have not sprouted, continue to sprinkle twice daily as before. It usually takes about 3-4 weeks for the grass to become established. Try to avoid walking on the seeded areas until the grass is established, especially if it’s wet.


You can mow the grass when it reaches a height of 3” (8cm). Mowing will stimulate growth and increase thickness. It’s best to mow when the grass is dry. Keep the mower blades high at first, then gradually move them lower (a final height of 2” is ideal to shade roots and reduce water evaporation). Try to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass length at one time. Bag the clippings until the grass is fully established. Never rake a newly seeded lawn.

The warranty with our contractor will be discharged after 2 successful mowings. If you have any questions or concerns about the hydroseeding, please feel free to contact one of the volunteers on SPID’s Project Liaison Team:

Jackie Ainsworth cell: 250 702 6000
Dave Henderson cell: 250 702 5724
Allyson Roy cell: 604 786 8105
Posted 17/05/18

Water Main Flushing Completed

Our water operator has completed flushing the water lines on Ships Point. If you notice any cloudiness in the water, please run an outside tap (preferably the one closest to the road) for several minutes until the water clears. Thank you for your patience during this required procedure.
Posted 16/05/18

Notice of Planned Hydroseeding

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
beginning 9:30am

Our contractor has notified us that they will be hydroseeding on Tuesday, May 15, starting at 9:30 am. This will affect properties whose boulevards were dug up to lay the new water main last spring.

Please ensure the boulevards are kept clear of parked cars, etc while the contractor is onsite doing this work.

For those who have contacted SPID to decline the hydroseeding, our water operator Dave Shepherd has collected your addresses and will inform the contractor not to hydroseed the boulevard in front of your properties.
Posted 14/05/18


May 10, 2018 through June 30, 2018

Our water operator will be flushing the water lines during the months of May and June. As a result of this annual maintenance, there may be occasional drops in water pressure and some turbidity (cloudiness) in the water. The turbidity of the water can reduce the effectiveness of the chlorination. As a precaution, persons with health issues may wish to boil their water at this time.

If you do notice turbidity in your water, run an outside faucet (preferably the faucet closest to the road) for several minutes until the water runs clear.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we perform this required procedure.
Posted 09/05/18


SPID’s Annual General Meeting was held April 7, and was attended by 39 ratepayers and 2 members of the public. All of the reports can be found under the “Downloads” tab. There were 3 Trustee positions up for election. Returning to the board by acclamation were Jackie Ainsworth, Kevin Gardave and Dave Henderson.
Posted 14/05/18

Another Successful Chipping Day

The Ships Point Volunteer Firefighter Association (SPVFA) held its second Chipping weekend April 14-15. Many thanks to the 49 Ships Point households who had their yard waste chipped, and especially to the 15 firefighters and community volunteers who gave up their weekend to run the chipper.

In addition to reducing air pollution by turning yard waste into mulch, the SPVFA, a registered charitable organization, raised funds that make a direct impact to our community. Donations are used to replace outdated equipment, and to provide training for firefighters, first responders, and emergency preparedness. All funds raised stay in our community. Donations to SPVFA can be dropped off at the SPID office - donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.
Posted 14/05/18
Water Conservation Get the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Ships Point residents rely on underground aquifers for their supply of fresh water. We share this resource with each other, with our neighbors in the Fanny Bay area and with some local industrial users. As a Provincial water licensee, the Ships Point Improvement District, the agency that manages the water system, has a responsibility to protect that water supply and to ensure householders continue to get as adequate an amount of clean, healthy water delivered to their homes as possible. Water supplies can be impacted by drought. In order to manage this risk, SPID is introducing voluntary water conservation guidelines to our community. Water conservation guidelines are now a standard practice amongst municipalities across North America.
Ships Point Voluntary Water Conservation Guidelines (2016)
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  • Hand watering should be done using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device
  • Micro-irrigation and drip-irrigation deliver a slow moving supply of water at a gradual rate directly to the soil resulting in water savings
  • Washing vehicles, boats and houses (siding) should be done using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device
For further information on the SPID Water Conservation Guidelines please read the list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Posted 28-5-16
Get Email Updates for the Most Important SPID News!
The Communication Committee is collecting addresses in order to develop a comprehensive e-mail list of SPID ratepayers. You can expect to receive notices regarding such things as burn bans, water conservation and though not imminent, water shut-off and road closures during the construction phase of the water project. Take this opportunity to be in direct contact with the Board.

Please include your street address as well as your e-mail address so we can tailor our notices to those affected. Send your contact information to As required by law, your privacy will be protected.
Posted 27-4-16
Office Hours
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7729 Vivian Way
Fanny Bay, BC
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Nina LeBlanc, Office Administrator