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WHAT'S NEW

District of West Kelowna Council received a copy of the DRAFT Water Utility Master Plan at the February 11, 2014 Council meeting:

Council has directed staff to facilitate public input regarding proposed water rate increases that are required to implement infrastructure improvements outlined in the plan.

The cost of water utility upgrades, recommended in the plan, total $152 million, with $77 million proposed to be completed over an initial 20 year time span.

SECOND PUBLIC INPUT PHASE

The District of West Kelowna will advertise this opportunity through the local newspaper, provide information to local media, and post notices on its website, prior to the open house being held.

Residents may choose to sign up for eNotifications to receive an informational email prior to the open house being held.

FIRST PUBLIC INPUT PHASE

The Water Master Plan Steering Committee has concluded its consultation with the community and stakeholders:

In summary, the committee is recommending:

  • Options in priority order are 2, 4 and 6.
  • Update Water Master Plan in 5 years and re-confirm water treatment alternatives.
  • Begin implementation in 2014.
  • Option selection should not adversely impact agriculture.

Council is expected to make a decision on the water system investment plan in early 2014.

The Water Master Plan Steering Committee met several times to discuss options to meet the municipality’s current and future water infrastructure needs.

The committee presented the options to the public from September 26 to October 18:

  • Through an online survey from October 7 to 18, 2013; and,
  • Through two open houses:

Thanks to all who participated.

At the April 23, 2013 meeting, Council directed staff to undertake the Water Utility Master Plan Public Outreach Program.

Terms of Reference for the process were presented to Council for consideration at the May 14, 2013 meeting.

The aim of the public consultation process was to educate the public on water quality, supply and distribution and associated costs and revenue requirements and to capture feedback to shape the final Water Utility Master Plan.

The consultation plan included:

  • Appointment of a steering committee;
  • Information packages;
  • Presentations to special interest groups;
  • Public open houses;
  • Outreach feedback forms/surveys; and,
  • A report to Council on outcomes.

PROCESS PRIOR TO PUBLIC INPUT PHASE

Council adopted a Water Conservation Plan on January 22, 2013. The plan, and the strategies and targets contained within, will be integrated into the Water Utility Master Plan.

To view the Water Conservation Plan, please click here.

A draft Water Utility Master Plan has been created and will be presented to the public and stakeholders for feedback purposes. Following the consultation process, a final draft will be created and presented to Council for consideration of adoption.

The following District of West Kelowna water systems are being integrated in the Water Utility Master Plan:

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE WATER MASTER PLAN

Development of a Water Utility Master Plan is a key objective in Council's Strategic Priorities. The plan will establish guiding principles for an integrated water utility structure to serve current and future needs.

The plan will provide a 20-year implementation strategy that will support:

  • One water system;
  • One quality of water; and,
  • One rate system.

The District of West Kelowna has hired AECOM to assist staff in completing the plan.

SCOPE OF WORK

The intent of the study work is to develop a comprehensive Water Utility Master Plan that will ultimately guide the operation, maintenance, upgrading and expansion of several different water utilities under one operating authority - the District of West Kelowna.

This plan must establish the existing infrastructure assets of each utility, assess the condition of these assets, and identify any deficiencies that affect the immediate and long-term function of these assets. The data gathered through these processes will be utilized to establish common maintenance/operating practices, future capital improvements, and assist with updating strategic priorities related to water utility infrastructure planning.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the Water Utility Master Plan, please contact Project Engineer Rob Hillis at 778-797-2247 or email rob.hillis@districtofwestkelowna.ca.

Last updated: 4/11/2014 1:03:02 PM