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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 2

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Venting Index

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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?)

—>Here<— are answers to all your questions about burning in the Ships Point Improvement District!


Hydroseeding will begin Friday, Sept. 11 at 10am and should take about 4 hours. They will be seeding wherever the road right-of-way was disturbed during installation of the new water mains.

Any questions or comments, please contact the SPID Residents Liaison Committee:
  • Jackie Ainsworth 250-702-6000,
  • Dave Shepherd 250-335-0551

Posted 10/9/20

Low Water Pressure

Many Ships Point residents have noticed periodic drops in their water pressure in the last couple of weeks. This is not related in any way to Phase Three of our water main replacement project. The problem is that the pump in one of our wells is no longer working at full capacity. We’re not sure why. The pump is in the primary well that we use during the high demand of summer months so we need to wait until the fall to pull the pump for inspection. In the meantime, our water operators are working on a temporary solution to the problem of low pressure.

Posted 18/8/20

Newspaper Boxes and Bulletin Board on Baynes

The newspaper boxes and community bulletin board at the intersection of Ships Point Road and Baynes Rd (near the mailboxes) have been removed in order to accommodate the necessary trenching for the Ships Point Water Project. Rest assured the newspaper boxes will be replaced at the end of the project and a new bulletin board will be erected.

Posted 9/6/20

Frequently Asked Questions About Phase III

Here's a list of answers to some frequently asked questions about the work being done currently: FAQs for Phase III

Posted 20/5/20

A letter from Wacor, the contractor for Phase III

SPID Water Infrastructure Project: PHASE 3 Update

The third and final phase of the Ships Point Improvement District Water Infrastructure Project is underway. This phase of the project involves the replacement of water mains on Baynes Drive (north loop), Ships Point Road, Vivian Way, Victor Lane and Wente Way. The construction contract for the third phase was awarded to Wacor Holdings, a Campbell River company. You may have already seen their surveyors out and about on the Point. The start date for construction will be finalized shortly.

Please ensure that the SPID office has your email address and phone number on file (contact our Administrator at or 250 335 0551). We will be sending notices to our email list shortly regarding the construction schedule, traffic safety, temporary water shut-offs and regular project updates.

Posted 30/4/20

Water Conservation STAGE 2 Begins May 15

Under SPID’s Drought Response Guidelines, SPID will move to Water Conservation Stage 2 as of May 15. Residents may sprinkle lawns and trees between the hours of 10:00 pm through 10:00 am only. During warm or windy weather, the majority of water from a sprinkler will evaporate before it has a chance to reach plants’ roots, which wastes water and does the garden no good. To get the most from every drop, please plan to get lawn and tree sprinkling done before 10:00 am. Hand watering, drip and micro irrigation may be done at any time. Also permitted during Stage 2: washing vehicles and boats; pressure washing of walkways, driveways and siding; and filling pools, hot tubs, ponds and fountains. Hoses should always be equipped with a shut-off device when watering or cleaning.

Please see below for full details on the Drought Response Plan and Water Conservation Stage guidelines, and monitor the Ships Point entrance board for changes to the Water Conservation stage, as conditions may change.

Posted 30/4/20

Province Extends Backyard Open Burning Ban Until June 15

The BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with provincial health partners, has extended open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Monday, June 15, 2020. This zone includes the Comox Valley and Ships Point.

The new rules came into effect as cases of COVID-19 increased, to help reduce air pollution in populated areas across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases the susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function. Deterioration in air quality may lead to more COVID-19 infections overall, and increase the severity of some cases.

While campfires are exempt from the restrictions, SPID bylaws state that a backyard campfire must be in a rated commercial fire pit or approved propane appliance. Non-commercial fire pits, such as a rock ring placed on a bare spot of ground, are considered open burning and not allowed. More information can be found in the Fire Chief’s Burning Cheat Sheet link at the top of this page.

Please note that even an approved appliance that produces too much smoke may be ticketed due to the smoke sensitivity restriction in place.

Posted 24/4/20

SPID Annual General Meeting and Trustee Election Postponed

The SPID AGM scheduled for Saturday, April 18th is postponed until further notice, due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C. Provincial Health Officer, has issued an order prohibiting events with 50 or more attendees, as well as stringent guidelines on social distancing. The Board is monitoring the situation closely and will reschedule the AGM and election as soon as conditions safely allow. Thank you for your patience as we work, together, through this health crisis.
Posted 7/3/20
Ships Point Water Conservation Guidelines
Ships Point residents rely on underground aquifers for their supply of fresh water. We share this resource with each other, with our neighbours 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 updating our water conservation guidelines. Water conservation guidelines are now a standard practice amongst municipalities across North America.

Please see SPID’s Drought Response Plan, adopted June 2019, with greater details on the water conservation guidelines.
SPID Water Recommendation Quick Reference
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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 29-6-19
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