Water system upgrade long overdue

Some North Westside Road neighbourhoods are a step closer to a new water source.

  • Feb. 15, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Some North Westside Road neighbourhoods are a step closer to a new water source.

Last Thursday, the Central Okanagan Regional District board approved a $442,164 contract to build a control building, pumps and wells for a water system for Upper Fintry, Shaal Road and Valley of the Sun.

“I’m excited because it’s come in under budget,” said director Jim Edgson. “Staff has been working diligently to get this project done.”

Maddocks Construction was the lowest of the eight bids received for the control building on Morden Road.

Residents have been pushing for a new water system for years because they currently don’t have a utility for domestic use or to meet fire flow requirements.

“They have been using wells if you can find them  or other sources,” said Edgson of the current situation. “The vast majority of them tank water in to their homes.”

In 2009, CORD received a petition from a sufficient number of property owners to proceed with the project.

“During the pre-design exercise, it was determined that the most cost effective and efficient method of providing a water system was to drill two wells in the delta and pump up to the highest point of the subdivisions and then distribute the water to the properties from that point,” said Delphine Maja, senior engineering technologist, in a memo.

Construction of the new $5.9 million water system is expected to begin in the spring.

“The upper reservoir location has been secured by a statutory right-of-way and the distribution system design drawings are 90 per cent complete,” said Maja.

“A public meeting is currently being organized to update the property owners and residents of the progress to date.”

The project should be completed later this year.

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