Sanitary sewer service extended in West Kelowna

Nearly 500 homeowners are now connected to sanitary sewer services thanks to an infrastructure project under the Building Canada Fund.

Approximately 500 homeowners in the Hudson Road area in Lakeview Heights and in the Gates and McGinnis Roads neighbourhoods of Glenrosa are now connected to sanitary sewer services.

The project was made possible by the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C., who jointly contributed over $11 million through two phases of funding through the Building Canada Fund.

“Our government is proud to invest in projects that will benefit our region by promoting healthy and safe communities,” said Dan Albas, Okanagan-Coquihalla MP, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

“Through this investment, our government is providing necessary improvements that will benefit West Kelowna residents while creating jobs and opportunities for economic growth.”

In total, sanitary sewer service extensions will cost approximately $26 million to complete through 2013. The District of West Kelowna’s funding comes from reserves and contributions from residents living within each sewer service area.

The district also announced that the latest sewer project in the Dunbarton Service Area in Glenrosa is now completed and residents will be able to connect to services in the spring.

With the completion of the Dunbarton project, the district surpassed the halfway mark in their plan to extend sewers to more than 1,400 homes in Glenrosa and Lakeview Heights by March 2013.

Construction continues in the Thacker Drive North/Hayman Road service area. The project is currently 20 per cent complete and scheduled to be finished in the late summer or early fall of 2012.

Mayor Doug Findlater said the District of West Kelowna and homeowners living within the various service areas would not have been able to meet the required expense of the sewer extension without the funding provided by the provincial and federal governments.

“The funds have provided more than $11 million to the District of West Kelowna to extend sanitary sewer services, ensuring that homeowners living in these areas no longer need to worry about aging, and in some cases, failing septic systems,” said Findlater.

The Building Canada Fund-Communities Component is a federal-provincial program that addresses the unique infrastructure needs of both rural and urban communities with populations of less than 100,000.

Since October, 2008, over $5.6 billion has been committed by the Province to over 900 infrastructure projects in B.C., which are estimated to create more than 36,000 jobs over the life of the projects.