The Province has provided $12 million to the City of Kelowna to significantly advance Phase 2 of the city-wide water plan to create a resilient, robust and cost-effective water distribution system for both agriculture and drinking water.
Phase 2 will initially see the construction of the 4.4-km KLO transmission main and other related infrastructure to provide multiple water sources from a number of intakes over time. This will significantly reduce water quality and supply risks for all water users in the face of climate change and fluctuating water quality.
“We would like to thank the provincial government for its ongoing support in this important city-wide initiative” said Mayor Colin Basran. “The government has not only shown a strong commitment to advancing this project through its significant ongoing financial contributions, but also through the continuing contributions of Provincial staff in both planning and facilitation.”
Phase 2 also calls for water system hydraulic modelling and advanced planning to define next steps. The planning will investigate how future integration works can also help mitigate flooding, which caused millions of dollars in damages to Kelowna in 2017 and 2018, and ensure adequate creek flows for environmental needs.
The Province will continue to work with the City to conduct extensive consultations with First Nations and key stakeholders, including the three Improvement Districts, to help ensure Kelowna’s various water needs are met both today and in the future.
Phase 1 of the city-wide water plan is well underway and will see the delivery of an $86M project for a new clean drinking water system in Southeast Kelowna and a reliable, resilient source of water for agriculture in the South Mission.
Over time the plan will allow the City to holistically plan for agricultural and domestic supply, future demands and quality control. The ability to plan holistically is increasingly important as our population increases, regulations become more stringent and we experience more frequent variances in water quality and quantity due to a changing climate.
The city-wide plan would also deliver on a number of recommendations by the Auditor General who tabled a report in March 2018 regarding the City of Kelowna water utility.