The Water Source

   

Location

The source for the Spring Water used in the production of mountain Spring water is located at Mount Woodside which is approximately 5 miles west of Agassiz in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.

Spring water flows from its source and is drawn at a site near the base of the South face of the mountain above the Fraser River.

History

The Woodside Mountain spring source was originally owned by a resident of Agassiz. Mountain Spring Water Company purchased the site in 2001.

Construction

The development of the site began with the technical assistance of numerous companies and specialist contractors.

Construction

Throughout all stages of planning, design, and construction of the spring site, various building and environmental regulations had to be met. Periodic examinations by local and provincial inspectors ensure the adherence to strict guidelines set by the District of New Westminster and the province of British Columbia.

Intake Lines

Holes were drilled between forty and sixty feet through the mountain rock and into the underground spring water aquifer approximately twenty feet below the actual spring site. Intake lines with a diameter of six inches were inserted and the outflow ends were joined together to form one line. The common line has a diameter of eight inches and has been equipped with a cut off valve to stop the flow of spring water to the holding tank if desired. Also attached to the main water pipe is a six inch diameter overflow pipe with a backup valve to prevent contamination.

Holding Tank

Water from the intake piping flows into a fifteen thousand gallon holding tank which is buried underground. The tank is fabricated of fiberglass to prevent corrosion and contamination that could otherwise result. Another eight inch water line connects the holding tank to the loading house where the spring water is drawn.

Outlet valves

Two outlet valves are used to direct and control the flow of spring water. One valve has been installed in the loading house intake line to stop the flow of water when the loading house is not in use and a tanker is not being loaded. The second valve that can direct the flow to either the outlet hose for loading purposes or to the buried outflow pipe that has been routed to an adjacent pond.

Site Buildings

1) Loading House

The loading house has been erected below the spring water holding tank to facilitate the loading of the water tankers. It is constructed on a concrete pad with walls made from reinforced concrete blocks. Roofing material includes wooden joists and metal cladding on the exterior. An insulated steel door has been installed in the entrance into which both a tumbler lock and a dead bolt lock have been placed. The hose which is used to load the water tankers is stored within the loading house.

2) Hospitality House

The second site building is described as the hospitality house. It too is constructed on a concrete pad and has walls fabricated using reinforced concrete blocks. Wooden joists have been used to support the metal cladding which covers the roof. As in the loading house, an insulated steel door has been installed in the entry. Both a tumbler lock and a dead bolt the lock must be unlocked to gain entry. Motion detectors automatically activate the interior lights when the hospitality house is approached by visitors. Upon entry, visitors will notice that a section of the floor has been cut out and the ground excavated to a depth of about one foot. The depression has been lined with a bed of gravel and rocks and has an inflow pipe which continuously delivers spring water from the source. An overflow pipe ensures circulation of the pond and prevents flooding. Visitors can sample the spring water directly from the pond and sit in the chairs provided.