Hedley Improvement District
The Hedley Improvement District (HID) is an autonomous local government responsible for providing water distribution, fire protection, and street lighting for the benefit of the residents of the town of Hedley. The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) provides other services to Hedley (Area G) outside of this mandate i.e., garbage collection.
Five trustees are elected to the HID by landowners to direct the operation and administration of the water system and fire protection and street lighting services. A trustee has several roles including that of community representative, steward of a public service, policy-maker and law-maker.
Every person who is qualified to be an elector in an improvement district is also qualified to be a trustee. Being a trustee requires an investment of personal time and an interest in serving the public.
Get to know your trustees and come to the monthly board meetings held in the HID office at 825 Scott Avenue every 3rd Wednesday morning at 10:00 am.
The office is open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Hedley Fire Department
The Hedley Fire Department is an organization providing public safety services to the residents of Hedley and the Upper Similkameen Indian Band. Its mission is the protection and preservation of life and property for the people it serves. It is committed to doing so through the provision of quality cost effective services in the areas of fire suppression and emergency First Responder / Medical Assist services.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911
Join the Department
The Hedley Fire Department was established in 1912 and is staffed by a dedicated team of local men and women. The department has a 2010 Pierce Pumper, a 1973 Pierreville Pumper and a Responder/Command Unit Van.
Joining our department is a good way to obtain training, build a resume, make a little money and contribute to the community. Programs available to our members include first aid certificates, First Responder certification, Driver/Pump Operator training and Basic Firefighter training. There are also opportunities to attend other types of training programs such as Strategies & Tactics, Incident Safety and Car Fire Tactics, to name but a few.
If you are interested in joining the Hedley Fire Department, come on out to a practice to meet us and see what we do. Practices are held each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Fire Hall next to the HID office.
A Brief History
The Hedley water system was constructed in the early 1900s and maintained by the gold mining company that operated in Hedley. The original system took water from Hedley Creek and used it for milling operations and for the residential and commercial occupants of the townsite. In 1952, the mine was shutting down and turned the works over to the Hedley Improvement District, which was established under letters patent from the provincial government.
Around 1970, a flood wiped out the dam and the wood stave water lines from the creek. The HID decided to drill wells, rather than trying to repair the damaged lines. A test well was drilled at the site of the present pump house, and sufficient water was found to justify drilling a larger well. In 2000, the HID built a new 100,000 gallon concrete reservoir on Hospital Hill to replace the aging wood stave tank that had served as a reservoir. In 2002, a new well was built adjacent to the pump house.
Our distribution system is comprised of older steel lines and newer PVC lines. The Hedley Improvement District has a long range plan to replace all of the older lines.
Hedley is fortunate to have extremely pure water from our deep wells and has not had to disinfect or chlorinate it. The water is sampled every two weeks and sent to a certified laboratory for testing. Interior Health puts water analysis reports online. To view water sample analysis reports go to Interior Health’s website. The data is in alphabetical order. Scroll down to Hedley.
To conserve water and to reduce pumping costs, the HID has imposed sprinkling restrictions for the period May through September. Residents may operate sprinklers before noon and after 6 PM. Sprinklers must not be left running all night. Sprinkling restrictions do not affect vegetable and flower garden watering. You may water your garden as often as needed. However this must be done using a watering can or a hose with a spring-loaded, shut-off nozzle to reduce water waste. These restrictions have reduced summer consumption from over 500,000 gallons per month to under 300,000 gallons per month.