West Kelowna storm water management plan approved

The District of West Kelowna can check another master plan off of its list.

District council adopted a storm water management drainage plan in council chambers on Tuesday evening.

The two volume plan, prepared by RSB Engineering, was commissioned by the district to assess the condition of the existing drainage network in terms of local hydrology, hydraulic, environmental and hydrogeological issues within the district’s boundaries.

The report compiles an inventory of the existing drainage infrastructure, estimates peak runoff rates, identifies areas that present risks for public safety, provides watercourse evaluation data and provides recommendations for addressing existing deficiencies.

The plan recommends improvement projects by categorizing them as either high, medium or low priority.

Improvement projects of high priority are estimated to cost over $2.4 million.

Medium priority projects will cost approximately $2.1 million; low priority improvements are estimated to cost $493,000.

The district staff has been developing a 10-year plan to deal with the high priority recommendations, with plans to begin tackling some of those projects as early as next year.


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