Upgrades to a sewage lift station that services 4,000 residents in the area of West Kelowna Estates could come as soon as early next year.
District of West Kelowna council unanimously approved a motion to direct staff to complete the detailed design of required upgrades to the station at a total estimated cost of $100,000.
The district plans to obtain all the necessary funding for the design and construction of the upgrade through borrowing.
The Horizon Drive sewage lift station is in poor condition and is currently conveying flow rates beyond its original intended design capacity.
There is no back-up generator on-site to maintain appropriate service during a power failure, which poses risks to the environment.
Gary O’Rourke, director of engineering for the District of West Kelowna, told council that overuse is one reason that the station is in poor condition.
“Certainly it’s overworked. Its pump shift you can’t even get parts for anymore. Certainly it’s something that needs upgrading,” said O’Rourke.
According to O’Rourke, there is another sewage lift station, not far from the Horizon Drive sewage lift station, that will also benefit from the upgrade.
“Once we retrofit this one with new pumps, our intent is to pull pumps out of the Horizon lift station. Then we’ve got back-up pumps for the other lift station.”
O’Rourke said the upgrades should guarantee a 20 to 30 year life for the Horizon Drive sewage lift station.