Friday, June 14, 2013

Curtesy of VernonBlog - Water Plan approved!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

$111 Million in Water Projects Set To Flow

Greater Vernon politicians have given their approval to nine capital water projects totalling 111 million dollars. The support came during a special meeting today of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee. The projects, which include separating the domestic and farming systems in Lavington, are part of the updated master water plan  that still needs approval from the regional district board before going to Interior Health. RDNO's Engineering G-M Dale McTaggert says directors will look at rate hikes and borrowing, as ways to fund the initiatives. "Once we get Interior Health approval, we'll come back to GVAC and we'll work out how they wish to fund it," he says. McTaggert says senior government grants will also be applied for. "They were talking about the federal government announcing two billion dollars a year (in grants) over a number of years, so there maybe opportunities but certainly we will apply for every opportunity we can." McTaggert says the projects, which are spread out over a number of years, are needed to meet the requirements of the BC Drinking Water Protection Act.
 (Project)                          (Year planned)   (Cost)       
1. Duteau Creek WTP - Stage 1, 110 ML/d....2017....$26.5 million
2. Mission Hill WTP - Stage 1, 56 ML/d..... 2022.......$30 M
3. Aberdeen Dam Improvements - Raise Dam by 4 m.....2022....$6.41 M
4. Gold-Paradise Extension..... 2037......$3.6 M
5. Domestic System Distribution Investments.....2013 -2017..... $9.8 M
6. Lavington System Separation..... 2013-2017..... $19.5 M
7. Irrigation Main Twinning..... 2013-2017......$9.8 M
8. Twinning Transmission Main (Oversizing).....2013-2017......$3.5 M
9. Okanagan Lake Pump Station.....2014......$2.6 M
Total $111.71 million

2012 Master Water Plan

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