Plans for a wastewater recovery centre in Spallumcheen continue to move ahead.
Township council has given three readings to a loan authorization bylaw for the project which will improve the environmental quality of Swan Lake which is in partnership with Regional District of North Okanagan Areas B and C and the Okanagan Indian Band.
Mayor Christine Fraser says the project qualifies for up to 5.9 million dollars from the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), and the loan bylaw will provide the initial financing for the recovery centre.
“We’re just getting the borrowing bylaw in place. Once we get our federal-provincial grant funding for the entire project completed, that we’ll have that piece ready to go if we need it, so it covers 5.9 million dollars of the project and it’s at zero cost to our residents,” Fraser tells Beach Radio News.
Fraser says the township is going through the alternate approval process.
“We’ll be starting the public consultation and communications on that starting in December and going into the new year before the alternate approval process goes out,” adds Fraser.
Fraser says the OBWB will pay the debt servicing for the $5.9 million loan.
“It’s a great opportunity for us. We’re one of the only areas in the Okanagan that hasn’t utilized the funding, but we’ve been contributing to it for many years,” says Fraser.
The total project cost is 36.9 million dollars with senior governments expected to provide 24 million of that.
RDNO will borrow $5.2 million and Spallumcheen will use $1.5 million from reserves.
Fraser says the recovered water from the facility will be able to be used for farming.
“It’s a class A treated product that can be used for irrigation and recharging the aquifer, so it’s a great project all around.”
Fraser says the new facility will address the problem of failing septic systems in the Swan Lake corridor, and run off going directly into the lake.